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'Can of ham' wins green light

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Foggo Associates' controversial tower in St Mary’s Axe has been given the go-ahead by the London City Corporation today.

Dubbed the ‘can of ham’, the 90m glass and steel tower’s semi-elliptical shape provoked the ire of CABE, which felt it created an ‘uncomfortable unattractive form both at street level and on the City skyline'.

However, according to council officers, the development provided a ‘significant increase on flexible commercial office space which will assist in meeting the needs of the financial and business services of the city.’

The 39,000m² scheme for developer Targetfollow will be located next to Norman Foster’s Swiss Re building, and adjacent to the Heron Tower development.

The site is currently occupied by two existing buildings, which will be demolished to make way for the development.

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