The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour
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The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

Work has restarted on the Leadenhall Building in London by architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

Construction was halted in August 2008 due to financial difficulties experienced by developers British Land. However a new deal agreed with Oxford Properties means work on site has recommenced.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

Located in London's Square Mile, the base of the 47-storey glass tower will measure almost half an acre with the form tapering towards the top, resulting in different sized floor plans at each level.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

The diagonal structural bracing will be visible through the building's façade from the interior and exterior.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

Glass lifts on the side of the building will go right up to the tip of the structure.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

The building will comprise offices, retail spaces and restaurants, with the base of the tower forming a six storey public space.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

Construction is due for completion in 2014.

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The following information is from the architects:


CITY OF LONDON’S LATEST LANDMARK DEVELOPMENT UNDERWAY

Construction has recommenced on what is set to become one of the most iconic buildings in London’s Square Mile, British Land and Oxford Properties’ The Leadenhall Building.

Following an announcement in late December 2010 on the completion of a joint venture partnership between British Land and Oxford Properties for the 610,000 sq ft development, photos revealed today show the scheme’s contractors back on site and pressing ahead with piling works (the laying of structural support for the building).

Located at 122 Leadenhall, the tapering 47 storey, 736 ft (224m) tower was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners and is due for practical completion in mid 2014. Combining flexible office space with retail and dining facilities, the development features a spectacularly landscaped, seven-storey open space at the base of the building, which covers nearly half an acre and is of a scale unprecedented in London.

The development's tapering shape delivers floor plates of varying size, ranging from 21,000sq ft on the lower floors to 6,000sq ft at the top of the tower, all with spectacular views over the capital.

Great care has been taken to ensure the design of the building complements the surrounding architecture, particularly with regard to London’s viewing corridors. Seen from the west looking towards St Paul's Cathedral, The Leadenhall Building will appear to 'lean away' from the historic monument.

Nigel Webb, Head of Developments at British Land, said: “Since completing the joint venture partnership with Oxford Properties late last year, we have moved quickly to return to site and forge ahead with the construction of this iconic new London building. The Leadenhall Building is already generating strong interest from a broad range of occupiers in the insurance, financial, professional and corporate business sectors and will complete at a time when we believe strong demand and supply constraints will coincide.”

Richard Pilkington, Development Director, Oxford Properties added: “Our plan was always to move quickly in the New Year and it’s great to see major construction activity on the site again, giving confidence to the occupier market that The Leadenhall Building will be delivered by mid 2014.”


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001857394783 Thomas Washington

    I like the simple form of this skyscraper. It isn’t trying too hard to be iconic, rather it is just elegant, simple and functional.

  • luxor

    the taper will welcome a little more sun. nice.

  • jason

    It will be a disaster to those who are nearby when the Sunlight is reflected.

  • http://twitter.com/keiralx @keiralx

    Pleased to see the cheese-grater brought back from the dead!

    • Ayal

      At least the pickle now has a relative….

  • ste

    tell me why a city with the cultural background of london isn't able to build interesting houses? all those glassed wannabe-skyscrapers in shape of elipses and triangles and blocks have no personality/ no spatial quality/ and no urban function…

    • fxw

      i don't agree. New development in London is mainly controlled by private developers (much like any other global city) and considering this, it has been building / planning very unique high rises such as 30 st mary axe, the shard and the Bishopsgate tower. It is a conservative city towards high rises, which is the main reason why the quality of these buildings are higher compare to new developments in New York, Tokyo and Paris. The planning system (which most of us complain about) is still one of the best in the world, considering what the other cities have experienced in the past. (Look at Robert Moses era in New York, or the chaotic developments in Tokyo). London does not have enough office space (nor residential or hotel), so it needs to built, and instead of sprawling towards the countryside, it is a much better strategy to densify the city centre. Most of these new tall structures have urban use / public components, if you look at them carefully and not judge them based on few renderings. On the other hand, London houses some of the best cultural institutions in the world, so there is a place for everything. What the city truly lacks, however, is new well planned affordable housing.

  • h.a.

    compared with the lloyds is so schematic and poor

    it's funny the guerking besides. Looks like would burst like a baloon if you blew a little bit more on the base

  • James

    The details and proportions on this tower are really great.

  • Jessica

    can someone explain to me –

    rogers stirk harbour = richard rogers office in london?
    rogers marvel = richard rogers office in new york?

  • 3DDD

    Lloyds was much more interesting building. It looks like is best time of rogers is past.

  • Nick

    I think it's a shame that 20 St Mary's Axe will be boxed in by this tower and the Pinnacle tower which is being built nearby. You can't stop progress, and I don't object to the designs of either tower. But on a personal note as an East Londoner I've always loved having the gherkin framed by certain street aspects in the area.