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DIFA plans Europe's tallest office for city site

DIFA, the German fund manager, is preparing to submit plans for a London building that would be the tallest office skyscraper in Europe, The Times has learnt.
The group is meeting English Heritage, the historic buildings watchdog, today to discuss proposals for the tower, which is thought to be about 1,000ft (305m) tall.

DIFA has already discussed its plans with Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, and is thought to be aiming to submit a formal planning application on about June 20.

Property sources said the tower would be built on a site at 22-24 Bishopsgate and Crosby Court in the City. DIFA has been working up plans for a tower on the site for more than two years. In 2003 the group replaced Helmut Jahn, the Chicago-based architect, with Kohn Pedersen Fox.

The move came after plans ran into trouble when early discussions over Herr Jahn’s 216m proposal faced objections from English Heritage, which was concerned about the impact a tall building would have on the view of St Paul’s Cathedral from Fleet Street. It is unclear how English Heritage will respond to the new plans.

Property sources said that after the initial setbacks in 2003 DIFA was in no rush to develop the tower because of the weak state of the City’s commercial property market.

However, signs emerged last year that it was starting to work up fresh plans after Greycoat, a private property group, was appointed development partner to replace Tishman Speyer, the US developer that was part of the original team.

The DIFA tower is one of a number of skyscrapers proposed for the London skyline. A consortium led by Sellar Property Group has planning permission to build London Bridge Tower, a 310m building.

Minerva has permission for a 217m tower on the City fringe, while next year Heron International plans to start on the 183m Heron Tower on a speculative basis, without tenants lined up.

Despite strong interest from property developers in new schemes, about 14 per cent of existing office space is empty and demand for new space remains comparatively subdued. The property groups are banking on a sharp upturn between 2007 and 2010.
 

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franchement cela ne m'etonnerait pas qu'on construise haut maintenant avec la pression européenne... barcelone, londres, franckfurt, milan, madrid... meme leeds ou munich se dotent de tours de +150m...
 

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C'est très excitant tout ça, mais ...

Despite strong interest from property developers in new schemes, about 14 per cent of existing office space is empty and demand for new space remains comparatively subdued. The property groups are banking on a sharp upturn between 2007 and 2010.

C'est un pari assez lointain... et incertain.
 

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sussucre said:
franchement cela ne m'etonnerait pas qu'on construise haut maintenant avec la pression européenne... barcelone, londres, franckfurt, milan, madrid... meme leeds ou munich se dotent de tours de +150m...
Munich est à part avec leur référendum la limite est de 100 m et tout les nouveaux projets ont été raboté pour ne pas dépasser ces 100 m.
 

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Fabb said:
C'est logique.
Mais ça ne se passe jamais comme ça.
En général, ils construisent en fin de cycle et les tours les plus hautes sont livrées en période de marasme (ESB et Chrysler, Gan/Fiat, WTC, One Canada Square...)
Oui mais si on compte 2-3 de construction pour les plus grandes tours, elles arriveront à la fin du boom.
 

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Manuel said:
Mais non ! roh! nous on aura une tour coca cola en forme de bouteille de 37m de haut !
Je vais peut-être me couvrir de honte, mais c'est quoi cette tour coca cola??
 

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Supercell said:
Je vais peut-être me couvrir de honte, mais c'est quoi cette tour coca cola??
C'est de l'humour manuellien qui salue à sa manière le déménagement de Coca Europe de Londres à Paris. Comme il est vexé, il fait dans le sarcasme.
 
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