London office building gets the go-ahead


A skyscraper which will provide 100,000 square feet of London offices and other commercial units is set to be built in a north London borough.

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears has given the green-light to the Islington-based tower which her office described as a “slender, elegant and attractive piece of architecture”.

As well as providing commercial property space, the 39 story glass building will also boast 250 residential flats.

The tower is set to be built on City Road after finally being granted planning permission following a public inquiry in July.

A letter from Ms Blears’ office said: “Any slight detrimental impact, in terms of loss of sunlight and daylight to existing properties, does not outweigh the compliance with development plan and national plan policies in other respects.”

Architect Squire & Partners, which designed the building, said that it was an appropriate height for its location despite some objection from local people.

“We are now content with the massing of the lower built elements and can offer our qualified support for the scheme,” it concluded. ADNFCR-1329-ID-18854158-ADNFCR