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DIFA Bishopsgate Tower Approved

The Corporation of London has given the go-ahead to what will be the tallest building in the City of London, The Bishopsgate Tower developed by German fund management company DIFA and designed by architects KPF, after council planners presented a report recommending it be approved.

Nicknamed the Helter Skelter it sets new records of heights for the city rising to 288 metres and stand next to the existing 6-8 Bishopsgate Tower formerly occupied by Barings Bank. The scheme will see the demolition of the existing buildings on site.

When built it will contain 81,000 square metres of space, largely offices over 60 floors. The floors have been designed so they can easily be split into small sections or merged into one appealing to both large and small companies alike, the sort of ploy that has worked successfully in the past with multi-let towers. The largest single floor-plate available will be 2,381 square metres.

The blue glass tower largely tapers up to the top third that spirals into a spire. At ground level the tower terminates with what's been dubbed "the skirt". Wind modelling showed rather large downdrafts in the area and the best way to regulate for these was the architects idea of flaring out the structure at the bottom in the form of an extended canopy. As with the rest of the tower this will be clad in the same glass creating a flowing look from the sharp spire down to the curving bottom.

The going for the scheme hasn't been entirely easy, the Civil Aviation Authority insisted that almost 20 metres be sliced off the top for reasons of air safety whilst English Heritage and Westminster Council claimed that the tower would affect views from St James's Park and possible potential future sightlines that have yet to be decided. The previous architect, Murphy Jahn, had also left after conflicts with the client about the direction the scheme was heading.

The question now is when the tower will actually start construction? It's not certain whether DIFA will take the same ambitious stance as British Land are and begin building speculatively or wait for a substantial pre-let from an anchor tenant but either way it does set a new standard in sheer scale for the City of London.

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