London's The Tower completed
Tallest residential tower in the capital stands at just over 180m
One of the most significant additions to London’s skyline, The Tower, One St George Wharf, has been completed on the bank of the River Thames.
Designed by architects Broadway Malyan and built by contractor Brookfield Multiplex, the building stands at just over 180m – making it the tallest residential tower in London, with 213 luxury apartments over 50 storeys
Broadway Malyan director Peter Vaughan said: “London depends on big ideas to maintain its world status and continue to thrive. Standing still is not an option and while big ideas will always risk courting controversy, ultimately they are constructive and should be welcomed – out of debate comes consensus and progress.
“Broadway Malyan previously illustrated an early idea for a landmark tower at London Bridge – underpinned by an intellectual intent to kick start regeneration and add to London's aesthetic and commercial vibrancy. Without that initial idea, The Shard might not have been built and the regeneration of London Bridge Quarter may not have been realised.
“We believed that London Bridge was the right place in the capital’s landscape for a tower because of the social, environmental and infrastructure benefits that it would promote in an area which needed improved transport connections and diverse employment opportunities.
The structure is set to complement the tall buildings of The City on the other side of the river as London’s skyline soars ever-upwards.
Vaughan said: “The confidence generated by the success of The Tower has encouraged further investment into infrastructure and local transport, as well as the subsequent development of adjacent sites, which will collectively deliver benefits in wider social programmes – affordable housing, education and healthcare provision.
“The role of planning policy should be to encourage and celebrate big ideas, while the role of the planning process should be to scrutinise the ideas, without prejudice, to determine their strengths and how they might best be delivered.
“London has one of the best and most robust planning systems in the world. By being open to great ideas and continuously testing them the system can help designers such as Broadway Malyan contribute to an even greater city.”
The announcement comes just over a year since a helicopter crashed into the building, killing pilot Captain Pete Barnes and pedestrian Matthew Wood.
The Civil Aviation Authority said it was the first fatal helicopter crash in central London since records began in 1976.