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Mixed Fortunes For London Residential Towers

Much maligned by the locals, the SOM designed London Arena has gone back to the drawing board and a new design has been released featuring a single tower of 170m/556ft which is actually an increase in height.

The blue and white tower will contain 53 floors setting a new record for the number of floors in a British tower. The rest of the masterplan for the area has been downgraded to groundscrapers with the other five towers proposed completely scrapped. Reflecting the current downturn in the office market Ballymore have reduced the amount of office space available.

Thanks to changes in design it should sail through if only the developer could shave some height off it, the only question is whether it will beat St Georges Wharf in getting off the ground.

St George have had their application for St Geoges Wharf Tower refused. As we predicted the 25% of cheap housing in the tower wasn't enough and this and a parking space for every apartment were the main reasons for the refusal.

The developers are now increasing the amount of affordable housing in the 181m tall project to 40% of the total and will be cutting back the total amount of carparking available which is common-sense given its close proximity to the major public transport interchange at Vauxhall.

Another development to this story is that the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has threatened the council with a public inquiry if they do not approve the design this time around criticising bodies in London that are holding back development.

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