London mayor Boris Johnson has expressed his reservations over property investor Exemplar’s new mixed-use development, on the grounds that it will obscure the view of the Tower of London.
The scheme in Tower Hamlets is set to replace several existing buildings – one large block of office space and a number of commercial properties formerly occupied by the Royal Bank of Scotland.
The plans submitted include proposals for residential apartments in 24-storey-high towers, as well as new office space, retail space, restaurants and a hotel. Some of the current buildings will be refurbished rather than demolished, and open space will be limited as the large central office building will be retained.
The mayor has asked that the residential towers be reduced in height so that the view of the Tower of London remains clear from City Hall. A previous consultation saw them reduced from 28 storeys to 24.