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London's newest skyscraper to hit Blackfriars

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4th Oct 13 1:01 pm

A new skyscraper standing 556 feet tall has been recommended for permission by Southwark planners.

The 49-storey block, which will look across to the City from the Southbank, was designed by Lee Polisano of PLP Architecture, and will form part of an astonishing £2bn development of three towers proposed by US fund Carlyle.

The southern end of Blackfriars bridge now looks set to be the home of London’s first twin tower complex, as directly opposite, development is underway by Berkeley Group subsidiary St George, which is building a 558ft high residential tower that will contain 274 flats.

However, the designs for the two towers are strikingly dissimilar. Polisano’s tall thin building will cut the skyline with straight sides and clean lines, while the “fat-belly” design of the Ian Simpson designed residential tower is more rounded.

“The important concern for us is one of absolute contrast,” said Polisano, who also designed the Heron tower for Gerald Ronson.



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