Safra, Foster + Partners secure planning consent for The Tulip in London

WCN Editorial Team 3 Apr 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

J Safra Group and Foster + Partners have secured planning approval from the City of London Corporation for the construction of The Tulip, a public cultural attraction, on 20 Bury Street including the adjacent land, in London.

Planned to be built adjacent to 30 St Mary Axe, also known as The Gherkin, The Tulip will have a total height of 305.3m, making it the second tallest building in Western Europe, with first being the Shard.

The development, however, has been approved with a number of planning conditions to limit potential adverse impact to the community.

These conditions include off-peak servicing to limit the number of vehicle deliveries at busy times, ticket sale restrictions during peak hours, accessible facilities for disabled persons, as well as concessions for young children.

Planning Committee chairman Chris Hayward said: “After a lengthy and robust debate, the committee agreed to approve this truly unique visitor attraction.

“One of my key objectives as Chairman of the Planning and Transportation Committee has been to enable the continued transformation of the City of London into a place which welcomes members of the public on weekends as during the week.

“This building has the potential to play an important role in realizing our vision of the Square Mile as a vibrant 24/7 city.”

The building will feature a viewing platform with rotating pods, a restaurant and sky bar, cycle parking and shower facilities, a new pocket park at street level, and publicly accessible rooftop terrace.

Additionally, it will include an entire floor dedicated to education facilities during school hours, which will also serve as a resource for local community groups and charities.

The Mayor of London will consider the City’s positive decision to review the proposal.

Construction on The Tulip, subject to the planning approval process, is scheduled to commence in 2020 with commissioning slated for 2025.

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Image: A rendering of The Tulip. Photo: Courtesy of Foster + Partners.

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