Willis Building (London)
|Location||51 Lime Street
London, United Kingdom
|Roof||125 metres (410 ft)|
|Floor area||475,000 square feet (44,128.9 m2)|
|Design and construction|
The Willis Building was designed by architect Norman Foster and developed by British Land. It stands opposite the Lloyd's building and is 125 metres (410 ft) tall, with 26 storeys. The skyscraper features a "stepped" design, which was intended to resemble the shell of a crustacean, with setbacks rising at 97 m (318 ft) and 68 m (223 ft). In total, there are 475,000 square feet (44,128.9 m2) of office floor-space, most of which was pre-let to risk management company and insurance broker Willis.
The Willis Building was constructed between 2004 and 2008 under the management of Mace, the Willis Building was a significant addition to the City of London's skyline, becoming its fourth-tallest building after Tower 42, 30 St. Mary Axe and CityPoint. The core was topped out in July 2006 and the steelwork completed in September that year. Cladding began in July 2006 and the structure was externally completed by June 2007. It was internally fitted out and officially opened in April 2008.
The building was the first in a wave of new tall towers planned for London's financial district. Others included the Bishopsgate Tower (also known as The Pinnacle), the Leadenhall Building (informally called the Cheesegrater), and the Heron Tower.
30 St Mary Axe as viewed from 'second step' of Willis Building. July 2007.
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