Giant sperm building will reduce Tower of Londons power
It seems not everyone is keen to have a building that resembles a giant sperm dominating Londons skyline.
The planned 1000ft skyscraper is actually meant to look like a flower and its official name is the Tulip Tower.
But Government heritage experts Historic England are not impressed and claim the building will diminish the Tower of Londons royal power.
In a planning document submitted to the City of London Corporation, Historic England said: In our view, the proposed building would cause harm to the significance of the Tower of London, one of Londons four World Heritage Sites.
The visual contrast between the modern City of London and the historic Tower of London has been established for decades but has intensified in recent years as the Eastern Cluster of buildings becomes taller and denser.
In our view, this sharp contrast, combined with the unusual eye-catching form of the proposed building, reduces the visual dominance of the Tower of London.
It also harms an attribute of its outstanding universal value, namely the towers role as a symbol of royal power set apart from the City of London and dominating its strategic riverside setting.
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Architects Foster + Partners want to build The Tulip next to 30 St Mary Axe, also known as The Gherkin.
The plan has already received an objection from London City Airport which wants planners to check if it would interfere with radar systems.
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The tower would become the second tallest building in the city behind The Shard, which is nearly 1017ft tall.
All comments on the plans need to be heard by the deadline early next year and if plans are approved building work should be completed by 2025.