Fast forward just over a decade and glass-built landmarks such as the Gherkin, the Shard, the Walkie-Talkie and the Cheesegrater now dominate the capital’s skyline.
Famous structures soon to be joined by the tallest residential tower in Britain if plans recently submitted to Tower Hamlets Council are approved.
Costing £400million and standing 250 metres high, if given the green light, work on the 73-storey thin skyscraper, situated in London’s Docklands, could begin next year, adding a total of 947 homes as part of a comprehensive development called South Quay Plaza.
It will surpass the record currently held by the 181 metre St George Wharf Tower and you won’t be surprised to hear that it has been designed by Fosters & Partners, creators of the aforementioned Gherkin, the Millennium Bridge and Wembley Stadium, amongst many other notable developments.
Speaking of the Gherkin, or 30 St Mary’s Axe to give it its proper name, the dome-shaped building has recently fallen into receivership and is set to be put up for sale.
It is anticipated that offers exceeding £550 million could secure its purchase with several Middle Eastern buyers reputed to be interested.
Let’s hope that if the proposed new skyscraper does come to fruition that it doesn’t suffer a similar fate further down the line.
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