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November 20, 2018

Inside the plans for the City of London’s newest and tallest skyscraper

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How do you go about naming a skyscraper? Do you name it after the company that owns it (such as the BT Tower)? The father of the developer who built it (the Heron Tower)? The number of floors in the building (Tower 42)?

Or do you simply let time and popular opinion decide (Walkie Talkie, 20 Fenchurch Street)?  For the latest proposed addition to London’s skyline, the name has come from nature.

Spouting up to almost double the height of its neighbouring 30 St Mary Axe (also known as The Gherkin), The Tulip will appear like a sleek silver lollipop among a forest of skyscrapers.

Plans for The Tulip have been submitted to the City Corporation. If it is approved, the steel and glass skyscraper will be the tallest in the City of London at 1,000 ft, and the second highest in the capital behind The Shard.

The Tulip would be one foot taller than One Undershaft, which received planning permission two years ago but has not yet been built. When it was designed, this skyscraper was at the upper limit of how high a building could be in this area of London due to planes coming in to land at City airport.

However, improvements to its runway since One Undershaft was designed means that The Tulip can beat it and become the tallest tower in the City.

It is designed as a cultural and tourist attraction, with viewing areas, bars and restaurants. On the outlandish design, there are gondola pods which will revolve slowly around the outside The Tulip’s glass petals. From here, visitors can have panoramic views across London.

Inside the The Tulip’s bud there will be 12 floors, and it will also house a glass “Sky Bridge” for visitors to walk along. It will be the first purpose-built viewing tower in the capital, and those building it expect there to be one million visitors per year.

Keep reading in The Telegraph


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