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New Pinnacle designs in pipeline - but Helter Skelter not dead yet

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Developers are reviewing plans for KPF’s 288m-tall Helter Skelter skyscraper and a new design could be submitted before the end of the year

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle

Developers are looking at alternative options for the proposed office block – officially called the Pinnacle – which could simplify ‘difficult design aspects’ of the tower, according to Gwyn Richards, head of design for the City of London.

But, despite rumours that an all-new scheme is to be submitted in the coming months, insiders insist the project’s backers are still looking at whether the existing, approved scheme can be reworked.

Richards said: ‘The situation with the Pinnacle is sensitive. We are in negotiations with the developers, but we are confident that the Pinnacle scheme will move on and we should see something in the next few months.’

The City of London is pushing for action on the long-stalled Pinnacle site and has notified developers that it would be open to new designs for the scheme.

‘I think the original design was one architectural approach to that site. It was never a case of “it should be this and nothing else”, it didn’t have to be this or that, we are always open to [alternatives].’

Set to become the tallest tower in the City of London, the Pinnacle has become an embarrassment for the Square Mile ever since construction, which started on site in 2008, ground to a halt in 2012. The plot is currently occupied by a seven storey-high concrete stump.

The AJ understands any fundamental redesign would need to incorporate a larger amount of public space, which is one of the stipulations of the City of London’s planning guidelines.

Speaking about the state of the current site, Richards said: ‘It sends the wrong message and we are very concerned as a City to get it moved on.’

Lipton Rogers and US developer Hines had been bought in to draw up alternative plans for the site, but any new tower is expected still to be the tallest within the City of London.

Richards added that a number of new towers are currently being worked on for the City of London which should be lodged in the next couple of months.

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