UK's Second-Tallest Tower Approved

UK's Second-Tallest Tower Approved

Commercial News » Europe Commercial News Edition | By WPJ Staff | July 22, 2013 1:53 PM ET

A 239-meter tower, which would be the second tallest in the U.K., has been approved for the east London suburb of Isle of Dogs.

The City Pride tower, developed by Chalegrove Properties and designed by Squire & Partners, will include a total of 952 apartments, including 752 for private sale. All the flats will include private "winter gardens."

City-Pride_One.jpgThe tallest building in the U.K. is the recently completed Shard, which stands at 306 meters. There are several taller towers in the planning process, but City Pride would be three meters taller than the current second-tallest in the U.K., the 236-meter One Canada Square.

The Tower Hamlets council originally expressed concerns about the City Pride's height and mix of residential properties. Not everyone was happy with the approval.

City-Pride_Three.jpg"It's a total disgrace," councilmember David Snowden said. "There's a housing need across London but it needs to be provided in the right way.

Chalegrove is also financing the construction of a low-rise residential project to provide more affordable homes for the area.

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