The UK Ministry of Housing has announced that the government will not issue a permit for the construction of a 305-meter Tulip Tower, designed by the architects of Foster + Partners, Archdaily reports. The reason for the refusal was concern about the carbon footprint and the “negative impact on the surrounding architecture.”
The planning inspector’s report explains that “a tower of this shape, built from materials chosen by the architects, will seriously damage the significance of the Tower of London and other cultural heritage sites,” which outweighs the value it can represent as a tourist and educational site.
The decision was made by the government after the developer’s appeal and means the official completion of the project.
Initially, the project in 2019 was rejected by London Mayor Sadiq Khan due to lack of office and residential space. According to him, the tower will bring little benefit to the city and may adversely affect its appearance. At the same time, the report emphasizes the high level of energy embodied in the structure, as well as mentions the “unstable life cycle”.
According to the Foster + Partners project, the top of the 305-meter Tulip tower was to have a button-shaped structure, which was planned to open a training center overlooking London.
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