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Court ruling paves way for The Quill skyscraper in London

A High Court judge has paved the way for the building of a 31-storey skyscraper in south-east London which is to be called The Quill.

The 100m (328ft) tall tower will be in the shape of a quill pen at the corner of Weston Street and St Thomas Street in Southwark.

Mr Justice Lindblom dismissed a claim that a local authority acted unlawfully in giving the go-ahead to the tower.

Objectors had been concerned it would block views of the Tower of London.

The building is intended to be used as student accommodation.

A firm which owns a nearby building complained that The Quill was "unneighbourly" and "overbearing" and said it would jeopardise redevelopment plans in the area.

But the judge dismissed an appeal for a judicial review after a High Court hearing.

Designers were said to have been inspired by the literary heritage of the area, which has links to Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare.

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