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Londoners back Tulip tower

the tulip

Two-thirds of Londoners support the development of the proposed “Tulip” tower, a new poll has revealed.

The poll by the project’s developers, commissioned by Comres, found 65% of 1,011 adults thought the tower would be an “attractive addition to the London skyline”.

Comres also found that 69% of Londoners think the tower would have a positive impact on London.

Designed by architect Foster & Partners the structure is set to be the City of London’s tallest tower and 1m shorter than the Shard, the UK’s highest building.

It is to be used as a visitor attraction without any office space. Bury Street properties is owned by J. Safra Group, who also owns the St Mary Axe tower in the City.

Despite the public support, the proposal has had its critics. In November last year, London City Airport warned that Gondolas which will move up and down the top of the proposed tower could negatively impact radar systems at the airport.

However, NATS safeguarding office has subsequently ruled that there would be “no impact” from the gondalas or the building on air traffic safety. 

If planning permission for the tower is granted, construction is planned to begin in 2020 with the project due for completion in 2025. Foster & Partners said it wants the Tulip to complement the Gherkin next door which it also designed.

The Tulip will officially be known as 20 St Mary Axe, its street address.

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