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Fears over SE1 skyscraper plans

Widespread concern about erecting new high buildings has been expressed along Bankside following the attack on New Yorkâs World Trade Centre.

English Heritage Commissioner and architectural writer Simon Jenkins says: "It is clearly madness now to be erecting icon towers so lightweight as to be impossible to evacuate at speed." He also describes the planned London Bridge Tower, which would be Europe's tallest building, as "most lethal in an accident". Southwark Council have commissioned a study to see whether changes to the design will be required.

Southwark Council is currently considering an application for a 32 storey riverside tower which would dwarf Tate Modern. Bankside Residents for Appropriate Development (BROAD) has been formed to campaign against the proposed tower and in favour of appropriate development.

Meanwhile a 28 storey tower is also proposed upstream on the Albert Embankment.

The morning after the outrage there was a strong police presence on the riverside at Tate Modern. The gallery's Surrealism exhibition has opened with several key items still in America due to transatlantic transport difficulties.

As a precaution the London Eye was halted and evacuated soon after news of the American disaster was received.

Later in the week many people gathered in Southwark Cathedral to observe the three minute silence and at lunchtime on the same day extra seating had to be brought out for the memorial service. Among those attending were bank employees whose colleagues were missing in New York.

Actress Linda Powell, daughter of US secretary of State Colin Powell, has pulled out of the National Theatre production of Jitney set in America.

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