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Foster unveils plans for 300 m-high Tulip tower

Foster + Partners has submitted plans for a 305 m-high observation tower called The Tulip in the City of London.

The project has been proposed by J Safra Group and Foster + Partners to enhance nearby Foster-designed project the Gherkin, as well as offer a cultural and educational resource for Londoners and tourists.

Plans for the new tower were submitted to the City last Tuesday and include viewing galleries, sky bridges, internal glass slides and gondola pod rides across the building’s facade.

If built, the 305 m tower would stand as the tallest building in the City, overshadowing the yet-to-be-built Undershaft.

According to the architecture practice, the Tulip would “provide an unparalleled vantage point to view London from a height of around 300 metres”.

It added: “The viewing galleries will offer visitors an engaging experience with sky bridges, internal glass slides and gondola pod rides on the building’s façade that will appeal to people across all age groups.

“Visitors will benefit from interactive materials and briefings from expert guides about the history of London. Complementing the experience will be a sky bar and restaurants with 360-degree views of the city.”

Designers said the tower would be built with high-strength concrete and form a shaft 14.3 m in diameter, with the widest floor 34.5 m across.

If approved, construction could start in 2020 and see the tower open in 2025.

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