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So as not to keep cluttering up the Pinnacle thread; W.R. Berkley in talks with Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF) to design a new 40 story tower on 52-54 Lime Street (27 Leadenhall Street). W.R. Berkley are currently based at 40 Lime Street opposite the Lloyds Building and Willis building and have bought the land.

July 11, 2012 11:30 pm
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Do you reckon they might want to build this on the Pinnacle site? They say next door to Lloyds and I can't think of any other locations?

A large US insurer has struck a deal with the City of London to build its own skyscraper, underlining the rapidly growing presence of international insurers in the Square Mile.

WR Berkley, which has a market value of $5.4bn, is understood to have agreed terms with the City’s planning authorities to construct a 40-storey tower next door to the offices of Lloyd’s of London.

WR Berkley is among the largest providers of insurance to midsized companies in the US. The company is scaling up its operations in Europe, with offices in Germany, Ireland, Spain and Norway. The agreement to build its own skyscraper follows a flurry of deals by US insurers to expand their office space in the centre of London, taking advantage of the shrinking of banks, which have long dominated the City office market.

In January, Aon signed a lease on 191,000 sq ft of office space in the nearby Leadenhall building, under construction and nicknamed the Cheese Grater. Meanwhile, Markel took up a 51,000 sq ft pre-let agreement last month on Land Securities’ 36-storey Walkie-Talkie building.

The building would become one of five skyscrapers under construction in the Square Mile, which, in contrast to the low levels of development outside of the UK capital, has seen a spike in demand for new office space. The buildings are expected to capture some of the demand arising from lease expiries and breaks, expected to hit 3m sq ft a year in the City until 2017.

However, the City is undergoing a transformation in terms of its occupiers. Many of the large investment banks have relocated to Canary Wharf, favouring the wide floor plates and ability to have all of their staff in one building. The cost of office space in the City is also a big driver. Prime office rents in Canary Wharf are at £36 per sq ft a year, compared with £55 per sq ft in the City.

The departure of many traditional occupiers has opened the door for other industries, such as technology, media and professional services businesses.

However, it is the rise of the insurance sector in the City market which has spurred on letting activity during the first half of this year. A recent report from CBRE, the estate agents, said that there are 13 insurers actively searching for a combined 1m sq ft of office space in central London.

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Made a quick mock-up, showing the location and kind of height we should expect:

Render taken from one of Chest's photos.


Ignore this diagram and megalothians. They were made when we thought the location was 40 Lime Street. The actual location is 52-54 Lime Street, a correct diagram is on the next page.
I wanted to just copy and past the render of 100 Bishopsgate into that location. That’s the sort of thing we should be seeing proposed.
Not if it is 52-54 Lime Street. Seems like the exact location is still not know, unless I'm reading these articles wrong. I'm going to have another go at a massing mockup for that location. My previous one is still accurate if it is going to be on 27 Leadenhall Street.
:applause: Solves the gap problem we have had between the Walkie Talkie and the main cluster (Leadenhall, 42, Swiss Re, (Pinnacle) and Heron).:cheers:
Still too tall, but probably a more accurate location:

There are buildings on the site as far down as 27 Leadenhall Street.
So will they have to knock buildings down to make this or is there already free land on the site?
And the one attached on the left, hidden behind the church.
It's the building seen in this photo.
We will have to see when the renders come out. It will likely have to be set back in some way because of the Fleet Street/ St Pauls sight line, as the Leadenhall Building is.
It's going to block Willis from the plaza. :(
Well we will get this view for a while :)

Ok this one is probably going to be more accurate height wise.

It now looks about level in height with 30 St Mary Axe which is 41 stories. There is a bit of persective to deal with as well. Just for comparison, Tower 42 has 47 stories, and is only 2 meters higher than the Gherkin. 20 Fenchurch Street has 36 stories, but has that high roof garden on top which makes it taller than it would otherwise be. We should be looking at a building between 170 and 180 meters. Though a crown of some sort might drag that up a little.

The plot also looks narrow from that angle, so from an east or West elevation it should be quite slender. More so than from a north or south Elevation, though the plot is not particularly big in any direction. We should see somthing quite slender proposed.
That PDF is dated February 2011. Looks like an old proposal. Still has some interesting information though.

This is an interesting report I found which talk's about the site and gives some interesting data about it: Lime Street & 27 Leadenhall Street.pdf
average floor to floor height for such an office tower is actually 4.1 metres.
Is that including lobby’s, plant floors and architectural features into the average? 165 meters sounds about right when looking at the original proposal height for 100 Bishopsgate, but this site is much more constrained both in foot print and because of the sight line. I think whatever is proposed will be over the 170 meter mark because of this.
Wow 192 meters! Looks like my massing guestimate was about right. That is insanely tall for a 34 storey building. It is possible that it could be passed at that height, it is literally across the road from the Leadenhall building after all. If the height does infringe on the view from a park in Westminster it will be less so than the cheesegrater.
That looks fantastic! Very sleek. Looks quite modern North American and the folded glass is similar to 100 Bishopsgate.
Already been discussed on the last page. 190m should be the AGL height, with 206m being the AOD height.

Given that part of the city is on a hill (relative to the Thames) it's actual height will be closer to 180m..I think.
Indeed, I count 32 visible office floors with the bottom levels obscured by the crop of the image. That should come to 35 office floors. I’m guessing the top spire levels are plant floors, of which I count the space for about 9 right to the tip of the spire. Of course the article states that there are only two of these levels, so what is above them, I have no idea. Empty space?
I'm fine with that. It looks sleek and slender, but it isn't trying to out compete the buildings around it. A welcome addition, not every new building has to be groundbreaking. The one thing it really isn't is ugly. I'm very pleased with the design.
There really is nothing interesting about this building apart from the angles of the facade which is nothing really new.
It is a pointy top, you can tell by the floor plates at the very top.
If this and the Pinnacle get built, we will have two KPF buildings, two Richard Rogers buildings, and two Lord Foster buildings all visible from that little square. Not forgetting St Helens, and that little church which survived the Great Fire of London, the Blitz and the IRA bomb down the road!
I'd rather have an architectural spire than a roof garden. Where exactly are you expecting there to be greenery? The site is very tight, literally pavement, then building.
its a shame there seems to be no roof garden
but i hope they make the plaza nice with lots of greenery
It isn't. That is a different development with a similar crystalline form, on the other side of the City cluster.
I didn't know that Dark Vador's mask was still topical...:weird:
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