Beetham Tower, London
|Beetham's Blackfriars Tower|
|Location||1 Blackfriars Road, London, England|
|Roof||163 m (535 ft)|
|Floor area||96 flats + 261 hotel rooms|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Ian Simpson Architects|
The Beetham Tower, also known as 1 Blackfriars, Blackfriars Tower and the Beetham-Mirax Tower, is a skyscraper being planned for the junction of Blackfriars Road and Stamford Street at Bankside, London. The site was formerly occupied by the headquarters of Sainsbury's supermarket. In March 2008, the tower was called in for a Public Inquiry by Secretary of State Hazel Blears. After the inquiry Blears announced that she endorsed the recommendation of planning inspector John Gray that both schemes should be granted planning permission.
Planning and design 
It was originally proposed at 220 metres (722 ft), with 68 storeys, but was eventually scaled down after concerns about its impact on the rest of London. A revised planning application for a 163 metres (535 ft), 49-storey tower was submitted on 24 November 2006. Although 57m shorter than before, this would still make it one of the tallest buildings in the city, similar in height to the Gherkin and Tower 42 in the City of London.
A public observation gallery will be situated on the upper two floors, offering panoramic views across the capital. This will be higher than the top of the nearby London Eye.
The building will feature a 5-star hotel and luxury apartments, each with their own internal conservatory space. However, a number of affordable homes will also be included as part of the scheme in a separate building on Rennie Street.
Despite a number of objections - from English Heritage, Royal Parks, Lambeth Council, Westminster City Council, local residents and ward councillors - the tower was given initial planning permission by Southwark Council on 24 July 2007. The Mayor of London was in favour, and Lambeth Council wanted £180,615 of Section 106 money in compensation. The Dubai-based Jumeirah hotel chain signed up as anchor tenants.
The project was placed into administration by RBS in October 2010 following a breakdown in relationships in the project partnership. The site was purchased by Berkeley Group’s St. George subsidiary in October 2011, leading to the renewed expectation that the tower will be built. In January 2013 it was announced that the building was to go ahead and be built with some minor revisions 
See also 
- London Eye
- Tall buildings in London
- Beetham Tower (disambiguation), for other towers being constructed by the Beetham Organisation.
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