London’s Columbus Tower Receives Mayor’s Approval

11 October 2009 (Last Updated October 11th, 2009 18:30)

The 63-storey Columbus Tower in London's Isle of Dogs has been approved by London Mayor Boris Johnson, an action that overrules the a decision by the local council. The tower has been designed by London practice Mark Weintraub Architecture & Design (MWA+D). Tower Hamlets C

The 63-storey Columbus Tower in London's Isle of Dogs has been approved by London Mayor Boris Johnson, an action that overrules the a decision by the local council.

The tower has been designed by London practice Mark Weintraub Architecture & Design (MWA+D).

Tower Hamlets Council had initially refused planning permission in August, citing light blockage to adjacent homes and fear of future damage to heritage buildings and a conservation area nearby.

The developer of the tower, Commercial Estates, will provide £4m to the Crossrail project, over £1m towards affordable housing and another £2m to the local community.