Iraqi-born property magnates Simon and David Reuben have recently submitted plans for a landmark new mixed-use development in Westminster. The tower, which has been nicknamed the ‘Cucumber’ for its long, slightly convex appearance, will stand at 41 storeys and 140 metres high.
Sited at 1 Merchant Square, the Cucumber may be completed within the next six years and will be the 17th tallest building in London. As well as over 200 flats, a 90-room hotel and public bar on the roof of the new tower, the overall development site will include 20,000 square feet of London office space.
The Reuben brothers are well known for developing the Paddington Basin and Paddington Walk areas in recent years, and the Cucumber is just one of a number of high-profile projects.
Despite the relative size of the vegetables, the Cucumber will still be dwarfed by the Gherkin at 30 St Mary Axe, which stands at 180 metres high.
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