'Tulip' tower project in City of London vetoed by Sadiq Khan

Design of proposed 1,000ft skyscraper by Norman Foster’s firm deemed not good enough

Plans to build a 1,000ft skyscraper dubbed “the Tulip” in the City of London near the Thames have been thrown out by the capital’s mayor, Sadiq Khan.

The building, designed by Norman Foster’s architectural practice, would have been the second tallest in western Europe, but its design was deemed not to be good enough for such a prime location.

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