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600m Skyscraper Plan Unveiled

Europe's tallest building could be built on the South Bank in London if proposals for a 600 million project are approved by Southwark Council.

The 1,200ft tall 87 storey tower is proposed for a site on the edge of London Bridge Station by the Sellar Property Group who are the holder of a long-term leasehold on the site.

The boom in Canary Wharf, which this new tower will easily outstrip, shows a new demand for companies looking for office space in skyscrapers in London. This combined with the liberalising of guidelines regarding tall buildings in what is a still relatively low-rise city should create pressure for a series of new landmarks including this proposal in Southwark as developers struggle to compete with each other beyond groundscrapers.

Despite this traditional opponents of tall buildings such as English Heritage are likely to be hostile to the proposal, particularly because of its impact on the views of St Paul's Cathedral and such a project will certainly have to face a public inquiry.

The project does however have the support of nearby property owner, Railtrack, Southwark Council and who are desperate for a Canary Wharf effect in the Borough.

If built it will be the sixth tallest building in the world.

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