London Mayor Sadiq Khan has rejected a proposal for the construction of a 1000-feet high tower, named “Tulip”, claims that the high-rise would be of “limited” public advantage and would be “detrimental” to the city.
Mr. Khan was quoted saying in a letter “(The structure’s proposal) would not constitute the high standard of design required,” adding that “(It would) cause harm to the historic environment, the wider skyline, and image of London.”
The high-rise building was approved by London Authorities over four months ago, would have been the second tallest skyscraper in Western Europe, if it would have opened in 2025. It was imagined as having a collection of rotating glass pods that would take visitors across the exterior of the building, apart from restaurants, viewing platform, and so on.
Replying to the latest development, Tulip Project told sources that it was “disappointed by The Mayor of London’s… direct refusal of planning permission, particularly as the Tulip will generate immediate and longer-term socio-economic benefits to London and the UK as a whole.”
Tulip Project was designed by Foster + Partners, had attracted backlash from heritage groups after it was launched in November 2018. The City Airport in London had also sought reassurance that the project wouldn’t interfere with air traffic management system.
Sadiq Khan’s statement has been greeted by Historic England, a heritage group that has often criticized the project. Earlier, the group has titled the structure as “essentially a tall lift shaft with a bulge on top,” which would cause “permanent and irreversible damage to…the image and identity of the capital.”
Tulip Project further claims that the attraction would get around a million visitors annually, apart from generating hundreds of jobs, and will add $1.2 Billion to the economy of London by 2045.