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Old June 23rd, 2005, 04:32 AM   #1
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LONDON | Twentytwo | 278m | 913ft | 62 fl | T/O

Bishopsgate Tower - "The Pinnacle"
The City

Height: 288m | Floors: 63 | Architect: Kohn Pederson Fox | Developer: Union Investment Real Estate AG (formerly known as DIFA)

Links: Bishopsgate Tower promotional video (23mb) | Skyscrapernews listing

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  • At 288 metres, the Bishopsgate Tower will form the centrepiece of London’s financial district. It will be over 100 metres taller than
    the City's current tallest building, Tower 42.
  • Plans for a tower on this site have been around since 2002. A previous design by Helmut Jahn was scrapped following concerns over
    the base and crown, and its effect on views from Fleet Street. The revised design - by architects Kohn Pederson Fox - is more
    sleek and elegantly proportioned, and is intended to complement the neighbouring proposals such as the Leadenhall Building.
  • A planning application was submitted in June 2005. A revised planning application with a 19m height reduction was submitted
    and given final approval in April 2006. In November 2006, the developers secured funding for the project from Arab Investments.
  • The full planning report for the tower can be accessed by clicking here.
Current Status:
Piling is complete. Keltbray are back on site, to complete demo of the previous building (by 10th January 2010), and to complete the
enabling works. A new excavation, 5.5 metres below the present basement floor, is to take place in January in preparation for the core in late 2010.

Despite the long wait, it seems highly likely that this tower will eventually be built. All of the retail space has been let, plus over 25% of the office space,
and the four restaurant floors at the top.

Topping-out is scheduled for late 2012, and the building is due to open in 2013.


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Work was halted on the tower early on. A new proposal with a different design is forthcoming.



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Old June 23rd, 2005, 04:35 AM   #2
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The above rendering was done by me, to illustrate the building's height and location.

OFFICIAL renderings will be released later today, along with further details.

Stay tuned...
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 04:51 AM   #3
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Great for London, even better for skyscrapers everywhere.

Let's just keep our fingers crossed on the design.
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 09:55 AM   #4
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that sounds cool. but what are really the chances of this ever getting built? probably 0.
I'm still waiting for much smaller towers in the vicinity like heron that have been approved ages ago to be built first. but nothing happenes there. even the most promising projects in london like columbus tower seem to be dead now...

by the way: lbt won't be the tallest in europe...there is already atleast one building under construction in europe that will be taller...
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 10:28 AM   #5
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Did I get there first???? Did I did I

Here it is:

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Old June 23rd, 2005, 10:36 AM   #6
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amazing news, London gets the best skyline of Europe!
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 10:55 AM   #7
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holy cow, its mag! reminds me a BIT of the kyiv tower proposed there, but fancier and stylish! YEaaH!
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 11:08 AM   #8
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They'll be some more renderings released today.

The base apparently is like a glass snake skin that wraps around the neighbouring buildings.
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 11:12 AM   #9
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Another rendering

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Old June 23rd, 2005, 11:20 AM   #10
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from what we can see here it's a great tower

i think you'll be able to get a bigger render of the tower soon
those "put it in the skyline and still it is a tiny photo" renders don't appeal to me
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 12:10 PM   #11
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wow great tower and that part of the city is really gonna change BIG TIME!
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 12:15 PM   #13
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^ These renderings don't include Minerva (217m), Broadgate Tower (164m) and 51 Lime Street (125m). Also don't forget LBT (306m) across the river.
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 12:45 PM   #14
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OMG this rules, i mean think about a complete rendering of all the towers proposed or under counstruction... *faints* I cannot believe it, London is finaly getting the skyscrapers it long deserved.
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Niiiiice! This is exactly the kind of tower that London needs in the middle of the City skyline.

Looks a lot like one of the earlier proposals for the London Bridge Tower.
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So what are the chances of it being built?
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DIFA and Ken say they're sure the project will go ahead...now we wait for the traditional London style silly nickname..
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WOW! Great design, i tryed to do a rendering of all the skyscrapers proposed/approved etc in London but my computer crashed! The view across the river will give London the best skyline in Europe. Sorry Frankfurt
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On initial reaction, I.....don't like it.

I think its far too OTT for the city, it does not do anything for its surroundings and will make any unrefurbed buildings nearby look even more drab and stick out even more.. I only pray that I warm to this proposal.
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initially, if it gets built before the other biguns, it might look a little out of place, but once towers go up around it of a similair quality, its just gonna be fab!
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