London could have wooden skyscrapers under plans to mimic Tokyo’s modern skyline and battle climate change.
City of London planning chiefs said they were open to wooden ‘plyscrapers’ as a viable building option in the Square Mile – but only if they were safe and appropriate to the surroundings.
The buildings would have to meet all fire safety requirements and be approved by the City of London’s planning committee.
Wooden skyscrapers have become popular in countries such as Norway, Sweden, Singapore and Japan and they can be up to 18 storeys tall.
Building from wood could help reduce the City of London’s carbon footprint and mean developers move away from the traditional steel and concrete.
In 2019 plans for a 1,000ft wooden skyscraper were put forward by a group of Cambridge academics.
Oakwood Tower, which was planned to be built by the Barbican, would have had 800 flats and been the capital’s second tallest building.
Future wooden skyscrapers could be built to provide more office space in the financial hub or to help provide more homes in the heart of London.
A 350m wooden skyscraper is set to be built in Tokyo by 2041.
The building’s outside will be covered in trees and greenery and only 10 per cent of the building will be made out of steel.
Elsewhere, designs for a 40-storey tower have been mooted in Vancover, Canada. The structure includes 200 homes and a range of office space.
Alastair Moss, Chair of the City of London’s Planning Committee, said: “Our planning and transportation committee and planning department always considers the full environmental impact of a development before taking a final decision on whether to approve a scheme.
“All planning applications are considered equally, regardless of construction material, and go through rigorous scrutiny in terms of safety, suitability and impact.
“We are open to the use of sustainable materials and actively encourage the re-use of materials in schemes where demolition is unavoidable.”