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London green light for Europe's tallest building

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EUROPE'S TALLEST structure is due to be built in central London after German capital investment firm DIFA won planning permission for the 287m tall Bishopsgate Tower.

The Arup-designed building was this week approved by the City of London's Planning & Transportation Committee.

If the tower is completed by 2008, it could claim to be Europe's tallest building.

However, that title could pass to WSP's 310m Shard of Glass which has planning permission but has yet to start on site.

The building is scheduled for completion in 2009.

Bishopsgate Tower is designed as a 'tube' with lateral stability provided by a stiff perimeter structure (NCE 26 January).

Large, exible floor plates of up to 2,381m 2 are created on the lower oors.

As the tower tapers upwards, or plates shrink to create unique double height spaces at level 57.

Three levels of retail in the base are topped by ofce accommodation over 47 oors .

Architect is Kohn Pedersen Fox with Arup as structural engineer.

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