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Old March 5th, 2011, 07:16 PM   #1581
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This is a good fit for London, I hope that these sized skyscrapers keep being added, they are being well done and fit in well. Congrats
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Old March 5th, 2011, 09:34 PM   #1582
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THIS IS a nice tower. congratulations
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Old March 6th, 2011, 07:10 PM   #1583
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Old March 8th, 2011, 03:31 AM   #1584
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Old March 8th, 2011, 07:50 AM   #1585
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I love the placement of his signature!
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^ gosh, for a minute CraneEtc's picture looked like a render
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Old March 8th, 2011, 10:08 AM   #1587
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Old March 9th, 2011, 10:49 PM   #1589
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the spire looks like it has got bigger to me lol
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Old March 10th, 2011, 07:59 PM   #1590
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Heron Tower from the ground up

Heron Tower might not be the tallest building in London but it's close. The Shard at London Bridge is already taller but it won't be completed until next year, when it will reach 310 metres in height. Until then, the title is still officially held by One Canada Square at Canary Wharf, at 230 metres, with the new £185 million office building of Heron Tower on Bishopsgate matching it at 230 metres with its steel spire (202 metres without).

Any building this tall is a dizzying, brilliant technical achievement. In days like these, when technology allows us to build any shape we like, and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (at 828 metres, the size of four Heron Towers stacked one on the other) is the yardstick, it's easy to be blasé. But just go and stand next to Heron Tower. It's very, very tall. When I was there, a small army of workers were still buzzing around its base, the double-decker lifts were zooming up and down the 46 storeys, ready for its completion at the end of this month.

Think of the laws of physics that a building this high defies; think of the installation of that soaring pinnacle at the summit, 230 metres above street level; think of the poor window cleaner! It would be churlish not to salute the achievement of the designers, engineers and builders. Skyscrapers like this are a thrill.

But while Heron Tower impresses in its statistics, it is the building's decent relationship with street level that I think makes it interesting and praiseworthy. The tower is part of a plan that will create a new square - the so-called Heron Plaza - by demolishing a dignified but unexceptional Thirties building next door to Heron Tower on Bishopsgate. Then another tall building, this time a hotel, will go up (designed by PLP Architects) creating the east range of the square. Bishopsgate needs this kind of release - it is an extremely busy thoroughfare, and a square here makes sense. This is an office building looking to the future of the city around it.

Heron Tower was conceived in 2002, and designed by the London office of Kohn Pedersen Fox, an American commercial architecture practice. Since then, the individuals in charge of the project have split off and formed another company, PLP, who will continue with further buildings for Heron in the area. But Heron Tower is the work of KPF for its client Gerald Ronson, whose instinct for continuing with development through economic downturns will pay off - there is high demand and a lack of good office space in the City right now.

Heron Tower is opportunistic in urban terms - there's no particular logic to having a tall building here beyond its proximity to Tower 42 and the Gherkin. So while it is tall, it doesn't command long vistas in the way an important high building would in, say, Paris or Barcelona. So I cycled around for an afternoon to try to find exactly where you could see it from.

The building has four sides, and the east and west are pretty much identical. You get these views from Houndsditch to the east (although most road traffic won't because the one-way system means they are facing away from it) and from Wormwood Street/London Wall to the west. These façades are not pulse-racing architecture. It looks like a building, as opposed to a pickled vegetable or fairground ride, and to my mind should be praised for that restraint. The façade is divided into modules of three floors, with simple shadow gaps between them. Rectangular windows are divided by brushed steel mullions.

This three-by-three module reaches nearly to the floor but on the east façade ends at ground level with a loading bay. On the west side, the building comes to ground in a rather grand, elegant entrance colonnade. Heron Tower is not trying to be tricky, just dignified and even a little bashful about its massive height.

Arriving from the south you don't get a view of the building up Bishopsgate until you clear the mid-rise Seventies building opposite Threadneedle Street. In future years, this approach will be further obscured by the massive (288 metre) Pinnacle Tower, also designed by KPF (and on ice at the moment). This southern façade of Heron Tower is the weakest, a dog's dinner of greenish glazing, grey steel, and the solar cells stuck to the windows that will generate some power for the building. While this façade is stepped in a kind of sawtooth arrangement, you don't see that from Bishopsgate, you just get a blank, inarticulate façade that has no base, no middle, no top. Just sheer glazing from floor to sky.

Behind this façade are the double-decker lifts that you can see going up and down, but I'm afraid it's only architects who think lifts are enough to "animate" a tedious glass façade. The rest of us would like articulation, ornament even, to relieve the boredom. The most expressive façade is the northern one, which consists of two giant silver ladders. These are the cross bracing, forming a vertical girder that is the structure of the tower. This bracing is en vogue, and particularly echoes the Broadgate Tower by SOM, the parallelogram-shaped building further north along Bishopsgate.

The best views of Heron Tower that I found are the glimpse available of the top of the tower from Liverpool Street, just popping up over the buildings on the south side of the street. The one perspective that it feels like the architects intended is the view up Bevis Marks/Duke Place, where you see the understated eastern façade obliquely, and get the full effect of the sawtooth glass of the south façade. Plenty of people, most of them in cars, will see this view first as they enter the city from Aldgate to the south-east.

While I think the building deals with the street pretty well, there is something missing. This is revealed by the cack-handed glass canopies jutting out of the north and west façades. They are made of glass and held together with elaborate but ugly steel, and just look like they've been bought off the shelf and added to the building as an afterthought. What a friend of mine would call "gob ons". I raise this just because it's a typical difficulty. Today, architects find it hard to find devices to move between the giant scale of the building and the human scale of the street.

But to focus on the ill-conceived canopies is to do the building a disservice. It is interesting to note in conclusion that this building contains about as much office space (442,928 sq ft) as the fat St Botolph's Building, at the other end of Houndsditch does (560,000 sq ft including retail). The relatively slim tower of Heron gets my vote and I think the future of the immediate surroundings will prove that smaller plot sizes make better cities. Heron Plaza will be a corporate, City of London-style paved plaza, but it will be generous, public and so on. Heron Tower is not an architectural work of genius but it understands that the street is a priority.

Maybe it's time we stopped worrying about the height and shape of office towers and, like Heron Tower, paid more attention to the ground.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 01:29 AM   #1591
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Hmm, im still not sure about this building, lacking a bit in character i feel. Does look good in the pic above though (Bandy one)

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Old March 23rd, 2011, 05:53 AM   #1592
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Is this thing done yet? Last I checked, opening of this tower was supposed to be in the first quarter of 2011, and it's now the end of March.
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Old March 24th, 2011, 09:16 PM   #1593
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They are probably making the finishing touches.
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Old March 25th, 2011, 03:35 PM   #1594
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Are all the led lamps already attached?
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Old March 29th, 2011, 03:00 AM   #1595
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Old March 29th, 2011, 06:23 PM   #1596
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New City offices in Heron Tower welcome first tenants

The first tenants have moved into the new City offices in the Heron Tower, the tallest building in the financial district of London. US law company McDermott, Will and Emery has moved onto floors eight and nine within the skyscraper, which is 46-storeys high.

According to City AM, the law firm has been said to have agreed to pay £55 per sq ft and will take up 25,000 sq ft of space in the new office building, which was completed last week. Meanwhile, floors 17-19 have already been pre-let to Landmark, while Drake and Morgan will run the ground floor bar and restaurant.

At the top of the Heron Tower, SushiSamba will be in charge of the sky bar and restaurant.

Chief executive of Heron International Gerald Ronson was reported by Property Week as saying: "New, world-class office developments play an important role in attracting international companies to the Square Mile, helping it to retain its status as the global financial capital."

The building - located on 110 Bishopgate - consists of 461,478 sq ft of space, with 442,928 sq ft of this comprising of City offices.
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Old March 31st, 2011, 09:11 PM   #1598
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Old March 31st, 2011, 09:29 PM   #1599
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Its been a long time coming, but its amazing how fast its been built!
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City’s tallest building provides 440,000 sq ft of BREEAM Excellent office space




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Heron International and Skanska announced this week that Heron Tower, the tallest building in the City of London, has reached practical completion. The Bishopsgate building reaches 230 metres into the skyline and provides 440,000 sq ft of commercial office space in the heart of the City of London, along with a restaurant and sky bar on levels 38-40.

Marketing will start in earnest following completion, but four lettings have already been secured. US law firm McDermott, Will & Emery, who have already moved in to the eight and nineth floors. Floors 17-19 have been pre-let to Landmark plc, the boutique provider of premium serviced offices, and will be the company’s flagship centre, opening in July.

Drake & Morgan will operate the ground floor bar and restaurant, which will open in June, trading as ‘The Drift’. SUSHISAMBA will operate the restaurant and sky bar at the top of the tower, opening late 2011 and offering an exciting blend of Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian food. It will be open to the public and accessed by direct, scenic lifts from Bishopsgate. Sitting 175m above the City, there will be external terraces and spectacular views.

Commenting on Heron Tower’s completion, Gerald Ronson, Chief Executive of Heron International, said: “Heron Tower’s completion is a significant event not just for Heron but for the City of London as a whole. New, world class office developments play an important role in attracting international companies to the Square Mile, helping it to retain its status as the global financial capital. Heron Tower has taken more than 12 years from conception to completion but the results speak for themselves: this is a truly exceptional office development in one of the world’s best locations.”
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