City of London Planning and Transportation Committee
has decided to grant planning permission for The Tulip.
The positive decision follows the recommendation of the City planning officer’s report which noted the significant public socio-economic and cultural benefits for the City, London, and the U.K.
The Economic Impact Assessment by Deloitte estimated that The Tulip would offer economic benefits to London of nearly £1 billion in total monetized value by 2045 and 600 additional permanent full-time jobs during 20 years of operations.
According to an independent representative poll of Londoners, conducted by ComRes, two-thirds of London adults (65%) think that The Tulip would be an attractive addition to the
London skyline, while 69% believe that the proposed development would have a positive impact on ‘the City’s attractiveness as a visitor and cultural destination’.
During the planning application process, The Tulip Project team engaged with a significant number of local stakeholders including heritage bodies, schools, businesses and residents in the City and neighbouring boroughs. These discussions, together with the views of the planning officers helped the developer to tailor the proposal to meet their needs and concerns, for example regarding the public realm and the expanded educational facility for free use by 40,000 London state school children per year and by community groups.
The proposal will now be subject to review by the Mayor of London.
03/04/2019 07:58 by Buildington
City of London planning officers’ report recommends the Planning and Transportation Committee resolve to grant planning permission for The Tulip.
"The Tulip provides a new and significant visitor attraction in London, and would help to boost London's tourist offer and economy and would draw people into the City who would not otherwise be drawn to it and thereby benefits the wider UK economy," says the report.
The decision will be made on the 2nd of April 2019.
Find out more at cityoflondon.gov.uk.
27/03/2019 11:55 by Buildington
Extended Public Exhibition dates for The Tulip in 2019.
Following submission of the planning application to the City of London Corporation in November 2018, a public exhibition was held over three days in December 2018. Due to the significant interest in the proposals for The Tulip and all of the benefits that it would bring, the consultant team would welcome the opportunity to share our plans again with residents and businesses interested in the proposal and any feedback you may have.
The plans will be on display at 20 Bury Street, London, EC3A 5AX on the following dates in January and February 2019.
Friday 18th January 12pm-3pm
Saturday 19th January 10am-2pm
Friday 8th February 12pm-3pm
Saturday 9th February 10am-2pm
Friday 22nd February 12pm-3pm
Saturday 23rd February 10am-2pm
Friday 8th March 12pm-3pm
Saturday 9th March 10am-2pm
Members of the consultant team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have on the day.
Visit thetulip.com for more details.
15/01/2019 17:32 by Buildington
Public Exhibition for The Tulip will take place on three days this week.
Opening Times at 20 Bury Street, London, EC3A 5AX:
Thursday 6th December, 2018 14.00 – 20.00
Friday 7th December, 2018 12.00 – 15.00
Saturday 8th December, 2018 10.00 – 13.00
04/12/2018 18:32 by Buildington
A planning application was submitted to the City of London Corporation on 13 November 2018 for The Tulip, a new public cultural attraction which would be sited next to 30 St Mary Axe, also known as The Gherkin.
This project is proposed by J. Safra Group and Foster + Partners, owners and architects respectively of 30 St Mary Axe.
Deriving its name from its nature-inspired form, The Tulip would enhance The Gherkin, one of London’s most cherished and recognisable buildings and offer a new state-of-the-art cultural and educational resource for Londoners and tourists.
Contributing to the City’s Culture Mile Since the turn of the Millennium, London’s skyline has matured with new high-rise buildings that reflect its growth as a global financial hub. In addition, the City of London Corporation has been driving proposals to enliven the Square Mile by creating a Culture Mile with world-class tourist facilities.
The proposal for a unique 305.3-metre-high visitor attraction reflects a desire to build public engagement within the City and enhance The Gherkin’s public offering. The Tulip promises wide cultural and economic benefits with a diverse programme of events.
A classroom in the sky A key feature will be the education facility within the top of The Tulip, offering 20,000 free places per year for London’s state school children. This educational resource, provided by the J. Safra Group, will deliver national curriculum topics using innovative tools to bring to life the city’s history and dynamism, inspiring the creative young minds of tomorrow.
The Tulip seeks to provide an unparalleled vantage point to view London from a height of around 300 metres. 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.
Completed in 2004, 30 St Mary Axe, now popularly known as The Gherkin, made a positive contribution at ground level by breathing life into its surroundings. The Tulip seeks to extend the site’s public realm further. A new pocket park is proposed alongside a two-storey pavilion offering a publicly accessible rooftop garden. Together with green walls this increases the site’s green surface area by 8.5 times, supporting the Mayor’s goal for London to be the world’s first National Park City.
Public access will also be considerably improved with the removal of over half of the existing perimeter walls around The Gherkin.
The Tulip’s soft bud-like form and minimal building footprint reflects its reduced resource use, with high performance glass and optimised building systems reducing its energy consumption. Heating and cooling is provided by zero combustion technology while integrated photovoltaic cells generate energy on site.
The Tulip and The Gherkin will bring life to the City of London at all times of the day and evening, seven days a week. This creates opportunities for a diverse range of businesses to operate out-of office hours, bringing real economic and social benefits for the local community and for London. The Tulip will offer an outstanding venue to host cultural, educational, business and technology events.
Norman Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners commented: “Continuing the pioneering design of 30 St Mary Axe, the Tulip is in the spirit of London as a progressive, forward-thinking city. It offers significant benefits to Londoners and visitors as a cultural and social landmark
with unmatched educational resources for future generations.”
Jacob J. Safra added: “We are delighted to benefit from the exceptional talent of Foster + Partners in bringing to London this world-class visitor attraction. The Tulip’s elegance and soft strength complements the iconic Gherkin. We are confident in London’s role as a global city and are proud to
offer its schoolchildren a state-of-the-art classroom in the sky to appreciate London’s history and dynamism.”
19/11/2018 18:01 by Buildington