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London’s Tulip under threat

by Marek Handzel

The Tulip, one of London’s most ambitious building projects, is in serious danger of never getting off the ground.

Following recent criticism from the Greater London Authority and historic building conservation groups for being of an unjustified height and damaging protected views of the Tower of London, the 305.3-meter (1,002-square-foot) tourist attraction could now be refused planning permission for having “unacceptable” ground-floor access arrangements.

The Times has reported that the City of London local authority, which controls the proposed site for the Tulip, has strong misgivings about the building’s design. In a letter to the City of London’s planning department, Tom Noble, the public realm manager at the authority, has said that he and his colleagues have “serious concerns about the capacity of the public realm to adequately manage the additional number of people” that the Tulip would attract. He has also stated that the building’s g

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