The Tulip by Foster + Partners To Be Approved by the City of London

April 4, 2019

The City of London has said that Foster + Partners‘ 305-metre-high The Tulip has “the potential to become an architectural icon”, in its planning report on the proposed tourist attraction.

Planning officers praised the form of the spire in a 152-page report published by the City of London ahead of the planning committee meeting next week, reported Building Design.

The Tulip is now on track to be given planning permission, despite the city’s mayor Sadiq Khan objecting on the grounds that it does not comply with the London Plan. London City Airport had also raised concerns that the super tall viewpoint could interrupt its radar system.

“Virtually no major development proposal is in complete compliance with all policies,” reads the report.

“In arriving at a decision it is necessary to assess all the policies and proposals in the plan and to come to a view as to whether in the light of the whole plan the proposal does or does not accord with it.”

Tulip would cause “less than substantial harm” 

Planning officers noted that The Tulip, which would feature a multi-deck glass viewing platform with internal slides and a set of rotating gondolas on the exterior, was “highly unusual”.

The Tulip would sprout next to 30 St Mary’s Axe – nicknamed the Gherkin – the 180-metre skyscraper by Foster + Partners that won the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize in 2004.

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