Last week's official endorsement by Kensington and Chelsea's Council's major planning development committee for the residential-led scheme in West Cromwell Road comes less than two months after CABE publicly slammed the project.
There were also concerns about the 'plunging neckline' profile as well as the external spaces around the £200 million scheme on the key gateway plot.
However, Woods Bagot's managing partner Stephan Reinke has hit back at CABE saying the dialogue with the design review panel had not been sufficiently in-depth.
He said: 'We thought the level of engagement from CABE was fairly superficial. I have to say we were disappointed not to have worked more closely with them.
'We really don't feel like we had an opportunity to engage with the panel in as rigorous as a discussion as we would like to have had.'
He added: 'CABE criticised the scheme by referring to its guidance on tall buildings. However, I think this is unmistakably a site which ticks all the boxes for a tall building and is a bloody important piece of London.'