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Old April 6th, 2010, 04:04 PM   #1081
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Old April 6th, 2010, 04:07 PM   #1082
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its taken so long to get started but now its being built so fast!!!
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Old April 7th, 2010, 12:45 AM   #1083
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Old April 8th, 2010, 02:43 AM   #1084
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Old April 8th, 2010, 06:18 AM   #1085
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Those photos and video taken from the top make me think how much London needs a skyscraper/tower-based observation deck. The London Eye, Monument, St. Paul's dome etc. are pretty good and unsurprisingly very popular, but they're just not high enough. Unfortunately it seems any such deck that opens in London(PO Tower, One Canada Square...) doesn't last very long before it's closed.

Let's hope the Shard and Pinnacle's(and Heron will apparently have a restaurant, judging from eddyk's post?) decks stay open long enough for us to get a chance.
One Canada Square never had a public observation deck. If you don't think the Golden Gallery of St Paul's or the London Eye are tall enough then try Vertigo 42, the top floor champagne bar in the 183m Tower 42. That's the tallest space in the city open to the general public. When Heron's restaurant, and the Pinnacle and Shard observation decks open, then Londoners and tourists will be absolutely spoilt for choice: perches all over the city.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 05:51 PM   #1086
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the first part of construction of the spire has begun






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Old April 8th, 2010, 08:51 PM   #1087
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Great ones chest!

Good to see the spiring going up.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 09:24 PM   #1088
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One Canada Square never had a public observation deck.
I'm pretty sure it did, but was closed after the South Quay IRA bomb... Maybe not a full-on observation deck, but the public could access it... I think?
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Old April 9th, 2010, 12:13 PM   #1089
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A few pics I took yesterday to add to the pile...

Others not posted here and larger versions in my Heron Gallery



Bevis Marks




Bishopsgate (opposite the Pinnacle site)




Bishopsgate/Camomile Street (does the world need another shot from here? hmm)





I only caught the aftermath of the spire action






Some other stuff, mostly for kicks

Access lifts from Houndsditch




Bishopsgate hoarding




St Botolph without Bishopsgate reflected




The photovoltaic wall on Camomile Street really caught my imagination now the sun is back with us. It catches and makes shadows beautifully. Reminds me of the south wall Jean Nouvel's Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris in some respects.

Reckon it's going to look stunning when it's all cleaned and finished.





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Old April 10th, 2010, 03:03 AM   #1090
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the first part of construction of the spire has begun
Perfect.
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Old April 12th, 2010, 08:37 PM   #1091
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just heard on the radio that the spire is now complete so its the tallest in the city ,not sure if taller than canary wharf ?
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Old April 13th, 2010, 12:52 AM   #1092
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The topping out ceremony was today, but only for the actual structure.
The spire is not complete yet.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 12:35 PM   #1093
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Actually most londoners dont tend to include the spire height in max height, for example if you go onto gothics site skyscraper news he doesnt actually include spire height.
Would spire heights only be applied to supertalls where every inch is needed?

What a lovely clear day in the pic above.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 03:15 PM   #1094
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From SkyscraperNews - the article is from yesterday:

Heron Tower Tops Out
http://www.skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=2509

The tallest building in the City of London, Heron Tower, finally topped out this morning almost a decade after it first surfaced.

Designed by Kohn Pederson Fox and built by Skanska for Heron International, the tower is 202 metres to roof and will have a 44 metre tall spire on the top of it giving it a total height of 246 metres making it the tallest building in the country - at least until the Shard is completed.

Within the tower will be 40,836 square metres of office space filling the tower up to its 38th floor. Levels 38-40 will be occupied by a restaurant, skybar, and a roof terrace located in the centre of the building giving it as much shelter as possible from the elements. It will be London's highest outside space.

At the bottom of the tower is a triple height ground floor complete with what will be one of the largest fish tanks in London - the space set aside for this can already been when passing along the street outside.

To help power the building, the southern façade features a network of photovoltaic cells. These are literally thousands of small squares linked together with enough space between them for the occupants to see out. Being located facing the south they get the greatest percentage of direct sunlight, and at the same time provide extra solar shading.

With all going to plan on the site, Heron Tower will be completed and ready for business in February 2011. In addition Heron has started on their residential building near the Barbican and has recently submitted new plans for Heron Plaza next door.

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Old April 13th, 2010, 05:47 PM   #1095
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The tallest building in the City of London, Heron Tower, finally topped out this morning almost a decade after it first surfaced.

Designed by Kohn Pederson Fox and built by Skanska for Heron International, the tower is 202 metres to roof and will have a 44 metre tall spire on the top of it giving it a total height of 246 metres making it the tallest building in the country - at least until the Shard is completed.
That I'm not so sure about. I mentioned this earlier, but the official website for the Heron Tower shows updated pics with a shorter spire and a height of 755 ft/230 m. We'll just have to wait until the spire is installed to see whether or not it is short or long.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 07:15 PM   #1096
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That's what the article said. There's a lot of confusion as to the height, some say it's 246m, some say it's 242m, some say it's 230m. Hopefully it's one of the first two, with a spire of ~40m, a 28m spire won't have nearly as much impact and will ruin the tower a bit, imo.
Just checked out the website and the spire still looks as though it's about 40m, from the pictures I can see. From the top of the actual structure to the top of the cross-bracing is about 40m, and the spire looks about the same height as that distance, suggesting it is still around 40-44m. We'll see, though.
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Old April 14th, 2010, 01:40 AM   #1097
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Old April 14th, 2010, 02:02 AM   #1098
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Wow, those sunset pictures are stunning! Shows how great London (And the rest of the UK for that matter) can look when it's not bloody overcast
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Old April 14th, 2010, 05:45 AM   #1099
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VERY VERY nice!
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Old April 14th, 2010, 02:22 PM   #1100
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Was down in London yesterday and was fortunate to catch the Sun! A few pics from me ...

From Bishopsgate/Threadneadle Street, next to the Pinnacle Sight:



From London Wall, Moorgate:



Poking its head out behind the buildings around Finsbury Circus:





Edging closer to the Heron along London Wall:







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