'It's a giant sex toy!': Britain's second tallest skyscraper mocked

According to planners, the huge skyscrapers, set to be completed by 2022, are 'incredibly beautiful'


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A skyscraper set to become Britain's second tallest has been mocked for 'looking like a sex toy'.

People living near the site of a planned 68-storey high 'double tower' in Croydon, south London, say the building resembled a "Rampant Rabbit vibrator".

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The 775ft (236m) skyscraper - named One Landsdowne Road - will house just less than 800 flats, offices, a gym, restaurant, hotels, and shops.

If built, only The Shard will be higher in the UK, at 310m tall.

According to planners, the huge skyscrapers, set to be completed by 2022, are 'incredibly beautiful' and 'visually striking' - and set to become 'world famous'.

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Locals, however, were not so sure, with Martin Wapshott writing online: "It looks like a vibrator."

His views were echoed by local Tom Wright, 34, who said: "Great, just what Croydon needs, a building that looks like a giant sex toy."

Another, Sarah Williams said: "It looks like a Rampant Rabbit."

Ben Russell wrote online: "Another high rise building and even more overpopulation of Croydon's weak road and transport systems."

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David Hudson, chief executive of developers Guildhouse UK Limited, which proposed the plans with fellow developer Rosepride, said the skyscraper was 'incredibly beautiful'.

He said: "I think it is an incredibly beautiful building designed by an amazing architect - it is visually striking as well as being relatively cheap and easy to build.

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"It's an affordable tall tower for Croydon which adds drama and interest to the skyline as well as boasting affordability.

"I feel that it is a design which embodies the values of Croydon rather than the tastes and needs of central London."

The skyscraper, which will also have a 41-storey 'baby' skyscraper alongside it, was given the nod by planners at Croydon Council last week, although it still needs to be approved by London mayor Sadiq Khan.

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