The City of London Corporation has backed plans for the Tulip – a new visitor attraction in the Square Mile which will be the City’s tallest building.
The Tulip will rise to 305.3 metres in height making it the second tallest building in Western Europe, second only to the Shard across the Thames.
It is expected that the new observation tower and its commanding views will attract up to 1.2 million visitors a year. Designed by Foster + Partners, the Tulip will be built in Bury Street next to the iconic Gherkin.
The developer behind the scheme is Brazilian-based Safra group who also own the neighbouring Gherkin skyscraper in St Mary Axe.
Planning Committee Chairman, Chris Hayward, commented:
After a lengthy and robust debate, the committee agreed to approve this truly unique visitor attraction.
One of my key objectives as Chairman of the Planning and Transportation Committee has been to enable the continued transformation of the City of London into a place which welcomes members of the public on weekends as during the week. This building has the potential to play an important role in realising our vision of the Square Mile as a vibrant 24/7 city.