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London Official Confirms that "The Pinnacle" Has Been Scrapped

London Official Confirms that "The Pinnacle" Has Been Scrapped
London Official Confirms that "The Pinnacle" Has Been Scrapped, © KPF via wikipedia
© KPF via wikipedia

The Pinnacle, the 63-storey tower that would have been the tallest in the City of London's central cluster, has finally been abandoned, according to Gwyn Richards, the City’s new head of design. Originally granted planning permission in 2006, the "helter-skelter" design by Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KPF) was put on hold in 2011 due to financial issues. Now a replacement scheme is in the works which could be revealed in a matter of weeks.

More on the Pinnacle, and its replacement, after the break

The project, also known as the Bishopsgate tower, was put on hold with just 7 storeys of its concrete core in place, and in the tradition of London's skyscrapers this has led to the project garnering its own, somewhat disparaging, nickname: "The Stump."

Speaking to BD, Richards confirmed that he was in discussions with developers about a replacement scheme, although he wouldn't reveal the architects involved. "I’m confident a scheme will be coming forward for planning in the next few months but it will be a completely different design approach," he said. "People say the original design now looks very dated and clunky."

A number of architects have been linked to a possible new scheme, including KPF, Make, William Matthews and PLP.

Story via BD Online

Cite: Rory Stott. "London Official Confirms that "The Pinnacle" Has Been Scrapped" 17 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/549123/london-official-confirms-that-the-pinnacle-has-been-scrapped/>
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