Islington to get new glazed-skyscraper

The north London borough of Islington is set to get a new glass-clad skyscraper in the latest in a string of new buildings in the capital to heavily feature glass.

The 39-storey building on City Road will house 250 residential flats as well as commercial office space and is set to become an attractive landmark in Islington, according to communities secretary Hazel Blears office.

"Any slight detrimental impact, in terms of loss of sunlight and daylight to existing properties, does not outweigh the compliance with development plan and national plan policies in other respects," it said in a statement.

"We are now content with the massing of the lower built elements and can offer our qualified support for the scheme."

According to, Ms Blears herself called the building a "slender, elegant and attractive piece of architecture".

Following the famous Gherkin and upcoming Shard of Glass buildings, the capital is getting a growing reputation for its fine glazed architecture.