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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
US insurer to scale up European profile - From ft.com

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.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/0...86B0C220120712

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Only 11 windows? What are KPF thinking??
Close up of the building it will replace.
Doesn't look anything special to me.

nah thats just Makes previous environmentally sustainable office building scheme ;)
Only 11 windows? What are KPF thinking??
by silver paint I assume you mean metal?

sounds good to me, far too much clumsy stone effect cladding in the City.
It's going to otherwise become a canyon of dark glass and silver paint.
We should set a limit on how much of a building can be glass. Say 30%. We should also set a minimum 30% Portland stone. The architect can make their own choices for the other 40%.
Perhaps it could look like this! hahah... Far too much spare time on my hands today...
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Wow, another tower proposal, wasn't expecting that for a few years:cheers:

I bet the lawyers are licking their lips too, at the thought of getting all that money, once EH put this though another pointless PI
thanks seems such a simple way to do it and i spent all that time trying to find a way i fell so stupid :lol::bash:
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Nice, ~170m should be a good addition to the bulk or mass of the city, the location should help reel in 20 Fenchurch Street and if it is another unique shaped tower it will be a good addition to London.
What's that building just to the right of 122LH?
Perhaps it could look like this! hahah... Far too much spare time on my hands today...
It's the mireva building.. It was cancelled a few years back
Nightjar said:
What's that building just to the right of 122LH?
average floor to floor height for such an office tower is actually 4.1 metres.
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 current building won't be missed. I'm looking forward to discovering that new tower, let's hope it's worth it...:)
I hope it isn't too similar to the Walkie Talkie! I love skyscrapers, but i find the WT to be too bulky at the top and i am finding it hard to like the design. Looking forward to Leadenhall and just wish the Pinnacle would start taking shape... glad a new 170-180m skyscraper is going in though :)
I like the old buildings, I hope this gets rejected
+1
What would be welcome is a building that's not another glass steel affair. I know it won't be, it this mixture of glass and stone in the area which makes the city special. Loosing this building, while some say is nothing special erodes yet another reminder of the old city of London. I would Like to see a tower that is perhaps a mixture of materials. It's going to otherwise become a canyon of dark glass and silver paint.
Lol only Delores could complain about a square with LLoyds, 122LH, The Gherkin and hopefully the Pinnacle popping into view shared with a 500 year old Church and call it a dark canyon.:lol:

The current buildings , built in the 1950's are nothing special and given the choice I think a 190m tower would trump them any time. The vast majority of buildings built in the City post war (including most proposals today) are stone framed and most are mundane and dire. Most of the decent Stone buildings are in conservation areas and listed so its not as if the City is about to be overrun by canyons of dark glass and silver paint any time soon.
What would be welcome is a building that's not another glass steel affair. I know it won't be, it this mixture of glass and stone in the area which makes the city special. Loosing this building, while some say is nothing special erodes yet another reminder of the old city of London. I would Like to see a tower that is perhaps a mixture of materials. It's going to otherwise become a canyon of dark glass and silver paint.
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