Skyscraper News reports that construction work on One Blackfriars, the residential skyscraper formerly known as the Beetham tower whose angled profile has earned it the pseudonym ‘Boomerang’, will commence this month.
The tower, designed by Ian Sampson Architects, has had more rethinks than a glamour model’s barnet since it first leapt out of AutoCAD in 2005. The original height of 220m was shrunk down to 163m, the integrated hotel disappeared and, controversially, a rooftop viewing deck was axed. The latest plans include a smaller viewing lounge halfway up the edifice, accessible by a dedicated lift from the ground-level plaza.
In other residential skyscraper news, Tower Hamlets is to consider a planning application for what would be the country’s second-tallest building. The 75-storey, 239m residential tower, proposed for Canary Wharf on the site of the demolished City Pride pub in Westferry Road, would exceed its near neighbour, One Canada Square, by a few metres.