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Architects battle for Pinnacle site development

15 March 2013 No Comment

Plans to revive construction on the site of the Pinnacle building have been laid out by the architect responsible for the Gherkin, reports londonlovesbusiness.com.

Gherkin and Tower of London

Ken Shuttleworth, the former design partner of Lord Foster, plans to go 100 metres higher than the Gherkin with a plan to rescue the site occupied by the stalled Pinnacle project. The Pinnacle has remained partly built for 14 months and, as a result, has won the nickname ‘the Stump’.

Proposals for a new skyscraper design

Shuttleworth believes if the Stump is removed, a simpler tower could be put to ‘more flexible’ use, with homes and hanging gardens. He will be pitching the proposal to Saudi investors.

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However, Shuttleworth is not the only architect bidding for the site with Sir Stuart Lipton partnering with Peter Rogers to propose a skyscraper design that would be a third cheaper to build.

Reviewing the project in the light of current circumstances and fashion

Peter Rees, the City of London’s chief planner, spoke to guardian.co.uk about the designs:

“People looked at the Gherkin and assumed if you build a wacky shape that would help you let it. That was not true because you can’t design something to become an icon.

“What they are doing now is reviewing the project in the light of current circumstances and fashion. It will produce a totally different building that is more practical in terms of its floor plates,” he added.

Author: Ashley Curtis Date Written: 15 March 2013

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