Ealing tower rejected


English Heritage and local residents of Ealing have rejected Foster and Partners’ revised plans for a 40-storey building.

Changes had been made to the towers’ design to reduce overshadowing but resident’s group, Save Ealing’s Centre, remain opposed to the building.

The group is concerned about the size of the development and not its smaller details. Chairman Nick Woolven was unhappy with the new plans.

"The changes are just tinkering at the edges, swapping a couple of buildings around and spinning the main tower anticlockwise," he said.

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) raised some objections to the development in October last year.

It said there "seems to be a complete lack of connection between the tower and the previous scheme" and criticised a lack of environmental awareness.

"There seems to be reluctance to take full advantage of the benefits of this generous green space either in creating elevations that overlook it or routes giving access alongside it," its design review found.

The Bahrain World Trade Centre has shown how offices in London could be designed with eco-credentials – it features three wind turbine blades is its construction.