Thursday24 July 2014

Rogers’ Cheesegrater becomes tallest building in City of London

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Topping out ceremony was attended by Boris Johnson

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners’ Leadenhall Building in the City of London topped out yesterday, making it the tallest tower in the Square Mile.

The building was designed by Graham Stirk, partner at the practice. The distinctive tapered profile is designed to protect the sight line of St Paul’s Cathedral.

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “The Leadenhall Building is the latest landmark to grace London’s iconic skyline, demonstrating our city’s ability to design and construct world-class architecture.

“This ambitious project has created jobs in London and elsewhere across the UK supporting great British manufacturing all over the country. The building’s soaring pinnacle symbolises the confidence in London’s status as a global centre of finance and trade.”

The building is owned by a 50:50 joint venture between British Land and Oxford Properties and is being constructed by main contractor Laing O’Rourke.

Work is due to complete in summer 2014.


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  • We need to protect views to this new thrusting monument without delay!
    Kev Shufflebottom has already declared this tower to be "much better than St. Pauls with its redundant and outmoded ormnamentation". In an amazing u-turn he has declared that the Swiss Re Todger should be torn down to open up the view. Boris the Bufoon said it was ..."an iconic icon in an iconic age of icons."

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  • It sure is an impressive building, it's a clear sign to the world that London is bouncing back from the global economic recession.

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  • Seymour Alexander

    The beauty of these great high rise constructions is the fantastic wind-tunneling effect they produce at ground level, perfect for testing the flight characteristics and aerodynamics of the latest generation of killer drones and missiles.

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  • Austin, good one made me laugh:)

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