Foster + Partners’ Tulip Tower Gets Rejected by UK Government

The UK government has declared that Foster+Partners’ Tulip Tower won’t be granted planning approval. The UK’s housing secretary expressed concerns about the design’s embodied Carbon emissions and potential impact on architectural history. In 2018, the tower, which stands at 305 metres tall, was revealed for the first time. It would have been London’s tallest building in the financial district.

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Although the City of London approved the original plan, Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London in 2019) rejected it. He claimed that London was lacking in residential and office space, and that the project would have no public benefit. This could also negatively impact London’s skyline. The government officially ended the project after a appeal by the developer.

The report of the planning inspector states that the Tower of London’s design of its ” chosen form and location, materials and purpose have caused significant damage to its historic significance and further damage other heritage assets”. This would be more costly than the potential attraction value or educational benefits of the structure. The structure’s high energy use and “unsustainable lifetime-cycle” are also mentioned in the report.

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