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FOSTER'S PLANS UPSET THE CITY

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A planning row between the architect Norman Foster and the Corporation of London will come to a head this week when...
A planning row between the architect Norman Foster and the Corporation of London will come to a head this week when two of his six projects for the Square Mile go before City planners, reported The Independent on Sunday (Business section,p1).

The dispute centres on objections from some quarters that the vertical curves of Sir Norman's designs for the City offices give the buildings undue prominence over the surrounding area. The controversy follows days after the opening of his reconstructed Reichstag building in Berlin.

City aldermen will vote tomorrow on whether to approve two massive schemes in London Wall.

Meanwhile, property company Minerva has commission Sir Norman to design a 450,000 sq ft building near Mansion House, which will come before city planners within two months. Again, the building features a 'vertical curve'.

Sir Norman's plans for a Swiss Re tower at the Baltic Exchange site, which was bombed by the IRA in 1992, will be submitted within six weeks. However, drawings of what will be the second tallest building in the City have already been criticised by some in the Square Mile.
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