London’s city’s planning and transportation committee has just approved The Tulip. The 305-meter observation tower is to be constructed on 20 Bury Street, adjacent to 30 St Mary Axe, informally known as the Gherkin. The Tulip is designed by Foster + Partners, a British international studio for architecture and integrated design which is known for many high-profile glass-and-steel buildings. The tower will be a visitor attraction without any office space and will be London’s second tallest building. Work could start as early as 2020 with a scheduled completion date of 2025.
A survey completed by Londoners in December 2018 suggested that two-thirds believed the tower would be “an attractive addition to the London skyline,” but the tower has been opposed by Historic England, Historic Royal Palaces, and the Greater London Authority. Following the approval, chief executive of Historic England, Duncan Wilson, said he was disappointed with the decision and that the construction “would damage the very thing its developers claim they will deliver – tourism and views of London’s extraordinary heritage.” London airport officials also opposed the decision, claiming that the tower would be an obstruction for the air traffic control.