CIC pushes for Walkie-Talkie stake

According to the Independent, “China’s biggest sovereign wealth fund is in talks to buy a stake in one of London’s tallest skyscrapers being developed by Britain’s largest property company.

The China Investment Corporation (CIC) has approached Land Securities about taking an equity stake of up to 25 per cent in the proposed “Walkie-Talkie”, the 500 ft tower at 20 Fenchurch Street designed by Rafael Vinoly. Land Securities won planning consent for the Square Mile site two years ago after a public inquiry sparked when English Heritage and others objected to its impact on the sight lines to St Paul’s Cathedral. The 36-storey building (down nine floors from the original plan) will cost an estimated £300m to build and is scheduled for completion in 2014.

It is nicknamed the Walkie-Talkie because of its top-heavy shape, designed to maximise high-rent floor space on the upper stories.

The FTSE-100 company entered into exclusive discussions with Canary Wharf Group to jointly develop the site in June. As part of the proposed deal, Canary Wharf would build the tower. These talks are still ongoing but it is thought that CIC, a wholly owned state company based in Beijing, has entered the negotiations.”

Read more: Independent

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