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Annoyed Neighbour Wins Pinnacle Injunction

Construction of the Pinnacle in London, an almost super-tall skyscraper has been thrown into disarray following a legal injunction.

The spat is between the developers of the Pinnacle, Arab Investments, and one of their neighbours, Hiscox, who are not happy with the disruptive effect that being surrounded by high-rise construction, and in particular the demolition of Crosby Court to make way for the Pinnacle, has had on them.

Hiscox won an injunction in the High Court regarding access by contractors to the Bishopsgate Tower site that means the likes of Keltbray must not obstruct the entry into Hiscox offices next door and also effectively prevents Keltbray from getting to the site.

They also attempted to get an injunction against the noise and vibration being caused by the demolition but this was not allowed by the court, perhaps mindful that demolition without noise and vibration is impossible unless you sandpaper the building down by hand over a period of decades.

The High Court will consider the injunction that at the moment is only interim in more detail early in the New Year. In the meantime it is a major inconvenience to the construction of the Pinnacle.

Hiscox has been stuck between a rock and a hard place, or rather two high-rise sites - that of the Pinnacle aka the Helter Skelter and 122 Leadenhall aka the Cheesegrater - that cannot make it particularly easy for their office operations right now.

Whether they will be less critical when the skyscrapers are built and their clients see them slap-bang in the heart of the most impressive part of the City of London remains to be seen.

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The Bishopsgate Tower

The Bishopsgate Tower
Crosby Court

Crosby Court
The base of the Pinnacle
The base of the Pinnacle