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KPF is on the up in London with DIFA Tower

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Kohn Pedersen Fox's (KPF's) DIFA Tower, which could become the tallest building in the City of London, is set to be approved by planners despite a raft of objections.

City planning officers have recommended giving the green light to the 63-storey skyscraper ( pictured), even though various organisations have raised concerns over the project's scale.

Back in November the AJ reported that English Heritage (EH) had slammed the scheme ( Latest London planning battle emerges as EH slams DIFA Tower


Now rival developer DB Real Estate has criticised the project's 'townscape' and 'open space provision'.

In response, property consultant DP9, acting on behalf of the tower's developer DIFA, has written to the Corporation to allay detractors' fears.

In correspondence dated 30 March, the consultant cites the advice of townscape consultant Robert Tavernor, employed by DIFA to assess the building's impact.

The letter says: '[Tavernor] is of the opinion that 'the over-riding conclusion from the Views Assessment is that the design will benefit London's skyline and streetscape''.

The tower won the support of CABE in November, with the organisation praising its architecture and contribution to the public realm along Bishopsgate, a major artery running through the City.

But should the project be approved next Tuesday (25 April), it will still have to face scrutiny by London Mayor Ken Livingstone and the Government Office for London.

by Rob Sharp

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