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"Heron Tower"

 

Background

Heron Tower, also known as 110 Bishopsgate, is a skyscraper planned for the centre of London's main financial district, the City of London.

 

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Bishopsgate    SkyBar    Reception    Office Village    Hounsditch
 

Planning

Its height was first planned to be 183m, identical to that of the City's current tallest building, Tower 42. According to the developer Gerald Ronson, it would be the first "six star" office development in the City and would feature a concierge-style entrance and reception area. An aquarium spanning five storeys would be located in the upper floors, along with a restaurant and public viewing area.

The building attracted controversy when first announced, due to its proximity to St Paul's Cathedral when viewed from Waterloo Bridge. English Heritage were the most vocal of the groups expressing concerns. A public inquiry was subsequently held, the outcome of which was decided by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, who ruled in the developers' favour. The tower was given final approval in July 2002.

Three years later, the project had yet to begin construction. In September 2005 the Heron Property Corporation submitted a planning application to increase the height of its approved tower. Heron's revised plans, drawn up by architect KPF, now proposed a 203-metre tall tower topped by a 40-metre mast. Although the design was largely identical to the previous scheme, the tower's crown and southern facades were refined to give the building a more elegant profile.

A smaller neighbouring tower, Heron Plaza, was also unveiled that would stand around 100m tall. This would feature nearly 250,000 square feet of retail space.

In January 2006, the revised project was approved by the Corporation of London.

Construction

Skanska, the same company who built 30 St Mary Axe, was awarded the main site contract, with the steelwork package assigned to Severfield-Rowen.

In May 2006, preparatory works began underneath the current building on site. This process involved the relaying of pipes and wires (including the diversion of a sewer).

In June 2007, demolition officially began on site.

Steelwork began to rise from the basement in October 2008 and is well underway.

July 2009

See more at Skyscrapercity.com

 

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