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19/12/01
London Towers Over Security Fears
- New building schemes revealed for Oxford Street and Vauxhall

FEARS that the events of September 11 would lead to a moratorium on the building of tall buildings appear overly pessimistic today with the news that two major schemes are in the offing for central London.

Selfridges plans to revamp its Oxford Street site by adding a 12 storey extension, creating 20 per cent extra shop space, new restaurants, a new hotel, swimming pool and roof-top viewing gallery in the process.

Although 12 stories do not quite qualify for skyscraper status, they would dwarf the six storey buildings that currently dominate Oxford Street.

Over the river, up-and-coming area Vauxhall could have a 49 storey apartment block and leisure complex, if local authorities approve the plans of developers. Most new schemes like to have a novelty aspect and in the case of the Vauxhall tower, this would come in the form of a roof-top wind turbine which would provide enough power for the huge block.




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