52-54 Lime Street
|52-54 Lime Street|
|Location||London, United Kingdom|
|Construction started||Late 2013 (expected)|
|Roof||190 m (623 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Kohn Pedersen Fox|
|Developer||Property Group Partnership|
52-54 Lime Street is the address of a skyscraper approved for construction on Lime Street in London's main financial district, the City of London. Although it has no official or formal name yet, it has been nicknamed the Scalpel because of its distinctive angular design. Upon completion in 2017 the building will be 190 m (620 ft) tall, with 38 storeys. It is designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox who was also the architect of the nearby Heron Tower which is the City's tallest building.
The site is on the corner of Lime Street and Leadenhall Street, opposite the Lloyd's building and adjacent to the Willis Building. The skyscraper is being built for global insurance company W. R. Berkley and will be its new European headquarters, occupying one-quarter of the proposed 59,269 square metres (638,000 sq ft) of floor space. A small proportion of that space will be occupied by a retail shop at street-level and a basement restaurant on the Leadenhall Street frontage, and by a café at the Lime Street entrance.
 Existing buildings
The construction of the new tower will first require the demolition of three existing buildings on the 0.33 ha (0.82 acre) site:
- Prudential House (52-54 Lime Street and 21-26 Leadenhall Street);
- Allianz Cornhill House (27-27a Leadenhall Street); and
- Winterthur House (34-36 Leadenhall Street and 4-5 Billiter Street).
The building at 38 Leadenhall Street (on the corner of Billiter Street) will remain despite being within the block that the new tower will dominate.
 See also
- City of London landmarks
- Leadenhall Building, a skyscraper under construction nearby
- St Andrew Undershaft, the church opposite on Leadenhall Street
- "City planners approve 38-storey London ‘scalpel’". 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-01-15.
- The Sunday Times, business section, 7 October 2012
- Waite, Richard (2012-09-05). "Revealed: KPF's new London skyscraper | News". Architects Journal. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
- Bell, Matthew (2012-09-05). "W R Berkley requests planning for London 'scalpel' skyscraper | News | Construction News". Cnplus.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-10-08.