Bishopsgate Tower

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Artist's rendering of the Bishopsgate Tower, and some of the other towers planned for London
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Another rendering, showing the view from London Bridge.

The Bishopsgate Tower is a 288 m, 63-storey skyscraper being planned for the centre of London's main financial district, the City of London. The architects are Kohn Pedersen Fox and the developer is the fund management company, DIFA. The tower was originally proposed at 307 m but scaled down following complaints from the Civil Aviation Authority.

The tower was submitted for planning permission in June 2005 and approved on 25th April 2006 [1]. If built, it would become — dependent on whether Shard London Bridge is built — the tallest building in the UK, and one of the tallest buildings in Europe. It is one of several major new skyscrapers planned for Central London, the others being Shard London Bridge (also known as the London Bridge Tower or Shard of Glass), Heron Tower, 122 Leadenhall Street, the Broadgate Tower and the 20 Fenchurch Street redevelopment.

Nearby are the skyscrapers Tower 42 (once known as the NatWest Tower) and 30 St Mary Axe (also known as The Gherkin).

In May 2006, it was reported that construction contracts would soon be awarded, and that work on the tower could start by the end of the year. This is now expected at a later date as full demolition cannot occur until the site has been fully vacated.

In August, Keltbray began piling works on site.

In November, funding was secured, and demolition work began on the smaller building on the site. The larger building is due to be empty by March 2007.

[edit] Facts

  • This tower will contain more solar panelling than any other building in the UK, with 2000 square metres of photovoltaic solar cells, generating up to 200 kilowatts of environmetally friendly electricity.
  • It will have a double layered skin like 30 St Mary Axe that allows it to respond dynamically to climatic changes and utilise effective climate control with low energy consumption.
  • To drive costs down, every single panel on the tower will be of the exact same size.
  • Once completed, it will contain 88,000 square metres of office space.

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