Architect Ian Simpson’s 52-storey tower at Blackfriars, south London, was this week given the go-ahead by Southwark council.

The tower, for the Beetham Organisation in Liverpool, was reduced in height from 68 storeys after objections from Cabe and English Heritage. Lambeth and Westminster councils also opposed the scheme, which they said obstructed historic views across the river. The planning approval could open the way for more tall building schemes in that area of London, such as a neighbouring tower scheme by Wilkinson Eyre.