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City Pride Skyscraper Approved

Following the deferral of the decision last month by Tower Hamlets, councillors on the planning committee have bitten the bullet and approved plans for a new skyscraper at the site of the City Pride pub that have been designed by Squire and Partners.

The project had run into trouble with the planning committee who had failed to be properly convinced on the merits of the scheme, most specifically about the height, lack of public space and the failure to provide different types of housing tenures for the social accommodation.

The approval by councillors means that Chalegrove Properties can now progress with their 239 metre tall skyscraper, which once built will be the tallest tower in Docklands finally beating the height record set by One Canada Square in 1991.

There is no date yet on when construction will begin, but Chalegrove has already successfully completed the Landmark next door, and this project shares the same architect and is deliberately designed to fit in with it, making it Phase 2 in all but name.

It will also be the tallest wholly residential building in the country beating the almost completed skyscraper at St George Wharf standing at 181 metres. On opening this in turn will take the title from Strata, the present holder that is only 147 metres tall, and which is only now having residents move in.

Above all however it can only be good news for the recently announced plans by Berkeley Homes to build an even taller tower in Docklands showing that Tower Hamlets is willing to have the physical primacy of One Canada Square challenged by other projects should they be suitably placed.

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