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New York skyscraper ban is stark contrast to London's escalating skyline

London skyline

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city made famous by the likes of the Empire State building and Chrysler building is to ban the construction of energy-sapping skyscrapers.

Blasio slammed tall glass and steel structures as “inherently very inefficient” and said existing buildings will face hefty fines unless they conform to strict efficiency guidelines. President Trump even faces million dollar fines for his towers in the Big Apple. 

Landlords will have until 2030 to cut their emissions by 40% with those failing to comply facing fines of $1M (£770,000) every year.

Closer to home, the market for tall structures continues to grow. In London, new additions to the London skyline including the controversial “Tulip Tower” observation platform in the City and the “Cucumber” residential tower in Paddington have been given the go-ahead by planning bosses and now await a final sign-off from the mayor Sadiq Khan.

Elsewhere in the City of London, the project to redevelop the former “Pinnacle” at 22 Bishopsgate Street has finally been topped out, creating the highest habitable floor in London. 

“The Cheesegrater” also saw an end to a five year legal battle after bolts fell from the structure less than a year after its construction was completed.

Hydrogen embrittlement was found to be the cause, with structural steelwork subcontractor Severfield agreeing a final settlement and writing off £6M from its books.

In Stratford, plans for a 120m, 21,500 capacity entertainment dome covered in LED panels were revealed by American venues operator Madison Square Garden Company. If completed, the venue would rival the O2 in Greenwich.

Outside London, construction on Birmingham’s tallest residential tower “The Mercian” has begun, with the 42-storey glass fronted structure due to be completed in 2022.

While on the Continent Danish clothing brand Bestseller has had plans to build a 320m skyscraper in rural Denmark approved. It will become the tallest skyscraper in Western Europe, beating the Shard by 10m.

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