The city authority of London has rejected Foster + Partners’ controversial Tulip tower
In passing the verdict, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities accepted the recommendation of planning inspector David Nicholson, who concluded the scheme should be rejected following a public inquiry held in November 2020. The report highlighted the proposed tower’s embodied carbon and the negative impact it would have on the Tower of London and other heritage assets in the vicinity. In the planning inspector’s report, recently published for the first time, Mr Nicholson commented that the Tulip proposal was not of the “highest architectural quality” due to the heritage considerations and also due to its “poor lifetime sustainability”.
The building was to have been financed by billionaire Jacob J Safra, owner of Bury Street Properties, and the owner of the award-winning Gherkin, which was a Foster + Partners project.
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