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6 16 8.60%
5 6 3.23%
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Old September 5th, 2005, 02:39 AM   #1
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Tower 42, London

Tower 42
City of London

Height: 183m
Floors: 42
Built: 1971-1980
Architect: Sir Richard Seifert
Developer: NatWest Bank

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http://www.tower42.com
http://www.vertigo42.co.uk
http://www.skyscrapernews.com/buildings.php?id=57


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Tower 42 is the tallest skyscraper in the City of London, at 25 Old Broad Street. It was originally built for the National Westminster Bank, hence its older name, the NatWest Tower. Seen from above, the Tower closely resembles the NatWest logo (three chevrons in a hexagonal arrangement). The tower, designed by Richard Seifert, was built between 1971 and 1979, and opened in 1980, costing a total of £72 million.

It is 600ft (183m) high, which made it the tallest building in the UK until the construction of 1 Canada Square in the Docklands in 1991.

Its status as the first skyscraper in the City was a coup for the NatWest, but was extremely controversial at the time, as it was a major departure from the previous restrictions on tall buildings in London. The building is constructed around a huge concrete core from which the floors are cantilevered, giving it great strength but significantly limiting the amount of office space available. On opening, this was not a consideration - but following the 'Big Bang' in the City, trading in banks changed and the tower became obsolete thanks to the lack of large trading floors. The cantilever is constructed to take advantage of the air rights granted to it and the neighbouring site whilst respecting the banking hall on that adjacent site, as only one building was allowed to be developed. For a time it was the tallest cantilever in the world.

On April 24, 1993, the Provisional IRA exploded a huge truck bomb in the Bishopsgate area of the City of London. The bomb extensively damaged the NatWest Tower and many other buildings in the vicinity, causing over £1 billion worth of damage. The tower suffered severe damage and had to be entirely reclad and internally refurbished (demolition would have been too difficult and expensive). After refurbishment, NatWest decided not to re-occupy it, and renamed the building the International Financial Centre, then sold it. The new owners, small UK property company Greycoat, renamed it Tower 42, in reference to its 42 floors. It is now a general-purpose office building occupied by a variety of companies.



























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Old September 5th, 2005, 08:13 PM   #2
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not a great fan. Tis' ok though
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Old September 5th, 2005, 10:34 PM   #3
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Looks alot better closer up than further away, interesting shape but not great. 8/10
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Old September 5th, 2005, 10:51 PM   #4
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For a skyscraper of its age, it does have a good design and an advance floor plan. It has been the city's tallest for just under 3 decades. What an achievment. How many partly steel skyscrapers have u seen? I think its the only one that stands today. Look at WTC. 8
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Old September 5th, 2005, 10:55 PM   #5
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When I first saw this Skyscraper, I must admit, I hated it. Couldn't stand it one bit and didn't know why others did. But I soon realised that for a building constructed in the 70's it's an amazing piece of architecture which needs some viewing before it can be truly appreciated.

I love it now and see it as an integral part of our nations capitol.
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Old September 6th, 2005, 02:57 AM   #6
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One of my favorite buildings in London.I dont know why ppl hate it..10/10
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Old September 13th, 2005, 01:38 AM   #7
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I developed a strong liking for this tower when I first saw it up close. 9/10
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Old September 13th, 2005, 03:02 AM   #8
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i like it.... i've heard this said before about the building. But the stripy stainless steel cladding and Black "block" on top are remeniscent of a city gent wearing a pinstrip suit and bowler hat.

Swiss re can be the young, curvy, sexy Personal assistant that he's having an affair with
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Old September 13th, 2005, 08:05 PM   #9
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I just love it, don't know why.
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Old September 13th, 2005, 08:06 PM   #10
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Old September 14th, 2005, 12:09 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by NothingBetterToDo
i like it.... i've heard this said before about the building. But the stripy stainless steel cladding and Black "block" on top are remeniscent of a city gent wearing a pinstrip suit and bowler hat.

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I had a similar idea in the old thread. In that case 122 Leadenhall and Difa are the up and coming young execs that wear Armani suits and drive 911's.

As for the tower, it is probably my current favourite in London. I went up it when I was 6 and it kick started my love of 'scrapers.

9/10
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Old September 14th, 2005, 08:21 PM   #12
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Seen worse...
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Old September 14th, 2005, 08:22 PM   #13
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I'm quite indifferent to this building. It's very 70s and therefore not bad. It was the 60s that gave us most of the shit in the City. It's shape is intersting but I can't help but think that if it was half the size, we'd all hate it...? I give it a 7.
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Old September 14th, 2005, 09:46 PM   #14
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I'm a huge fan of T42 and I'd say it's my favourite London scraper after SwissRe.

I've said this before, but I'll never forget the first time I saw this building up close - it was the first time I'd worked in the City, I was rather lost and happened to wander past the junction with Old Broad Street/Wormwood Street. I turned around and there it was... a 600ft skyscraper shining golden in the Sun. It was so unbelievably tall, I couldn't believe what I was seeing!

An awesome building. It isn't the prettiest looking thing, but its sheer height and the way it's dominated London's financial district makes it such a cool and iconic landmark.

The City just wouldn't be 'The City' without the old NatWest Tower.

9/10
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Old September 20th, 2005, 09:01 PM   #15
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Get a load of this:


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Old September 20th, 2005, 11:35 PM   #16
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It's original this tower, but not very, very nice
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Old December 21st, 2005, 08:36 PM   #17
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Pic I took recently. This is viewed from London Bridge, one of the best places to see it:


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Old February 26th, 2006, 06:13 PM   #18
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