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Go ahead given for The Scalpel

30 January 2013 No Comment

Planning permission has been granted for the proposed 52-54 Lime Street tower, which has already been nicknamed ‘The Scalpel’.

With a skyscraper design by Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF), the 38-storey structure will be situated opposite the Grade I-listed Lloyd’s building. In the centre of the city, the tower, which tapers to a sharp point, will reflect the Gherkin in its mirrored glass external cladding.

Composition of tall developments


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However, there have been concerns raised about the impact of yet another tall tower on the setting of the Tower of London, architectsjournal.co.uk reports. A spokesman for English Heritage said that the additional bulk and scale could, from some angles, give the appearance of:

“one merged composition of tall development” rather than a cluster of skyscrapers.

London still Europe’s financial capital

This viewpoint has been countered by the City of London Corporation, which believes the project – which will be home to US insurance firm, WR Berkely – demonstrates global confidence in the City as ‘Europe’s financial capital.’


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The taper, what londonist.com describes as an ‘angular edifice’, will stand at around 200 metres high, located on the very corner of Lime Street and Leadenhall Street. Investing millions into the building itself, WR Berkley is expected to assume a quarter of the tower’s 58,000 square metre floor space, but other occupants have not yet been confirmed.

The tower is due for completion in 2017.

Author: Elizabeth Smythe    Date Written: 30 January 2013

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