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St George Wharf Tower – the tallest residential building in the UK hits 50 floors

Shooting up in to the central London sky is the St George Wharf Tower, soon to be the tallest residential building in the UK.

The skyscraper is due to be completed in 2014, when it will stand 181 metres (594 ft) tall and offer 49 storeys, topped by a wind turbine which I trust will work better than the rarely spinning ones at the Strata Tower.

The tower, seen from Battersea Bridge. As you might expect, the amount of social/affordable housing included in this development stands at zero.

St George Wharf Tower, with The Shard in the distance.

The development, with Vauxhall Bridge and the MI6 building in the distance.

The top of the tower, as of 29th May 2012.

Computer generated view from the official website.

View from near Vauxhall.

Looking up from Vauxhall bus station.

Update 16th January 2013:  helicopter hits crane on top of the tower.

Two people were killed and 12 injured when a helicopter crashed into the crane at 8am on the 16th January.

The helicopter hit the tower in low visibility, with burning debris hitting cars and buildings below.

Damaged crane.

[Read BBC report]