Two major projects in London overlooking Blackfriars Road have been approved following a long public inquiry that saw two individual hearings merged together into one.
The schemes are the 163 metre tall Beetham Mirax Tower designed by Ian Simpson Architects which sits on One Blackfriars Road directly overlooking the bridge and will be a mixture of residential and hotel space. The unusual shape the skyscraper features has seen it nicknamed "the Boomerang".
20 Blackfriars Road is by Wilkinson Eyre who penned them for Land Securities. It's a twin tower proposal with the tallest building being a 133 metre tall residential tower and the shorter building being a 98 metre tall office block.
The main reason for the call in was that the buildings could be seen over the tip of the trees from certain viewpoints in St James Park. Beetham had even negotiated down in height their building prior to this winning over English Heritage with the compromises made on the scheme.
20 Blackfriars had been planned by the design team to appear from St James Park at the treeline and thus be barely perceptible to those enjoying the views causing much confusion for those working on the project as to why it had been called in in the first place.
But for the delays caused by the public inquiry Beetham's tower would already be under construction and they now aim on beginning their tower immediately once they can get financing in place, but as one would expect from the current economic climate there's no development dates yet for 20 Blackfriars which has since been sold on by Land Securities to Circleplane.
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