Broadgate Tower

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Broadgate Tower
Broadgate Tower.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Location 201 Bishopsgate
City of London
United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°31′16″N 0°04′46″W / 51.521068°N 0.079533°W / 51.521068; -0.079533Coordinates: 51°31′16″N 0°04′46″W / 51.521068°N 0.079533°W / 51.521068; -0.079533
Construction started 2005
Completed 2009
Cost c. £240 million
Height
Roof 165 metres (541 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 33
Floor area 398,268 square feet (37,000.3 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Developer British Land
Main contractor Bovis Lendlease

The Broadgate Tower is a skyscraper in London's main financial district, the City of London. It was constructed from 2005 to 2009.

Background[edit]

Built at an estimated cost of £240 million, it marked the next major phase of construction in the Broadgate estate that began in the 1980s to provide high-specification office space for the Square Mile. The tower is situated in the northeast corner of the City of London, north of Liverpool Street station. It was completed in 2009.

The Broadgate Tower was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and developed by British Land. It utilises air rights in the form of sitting on a large construction raft that has been built over the entrance to Liverpool Street station.

As the tower lies over major railway lines heading into Liverpool Street, groundwork took longer than would normally be expected for a tower of this size, as all work had to be stopped whenever a train was in the vicinity of the station. However, the steel core has the advantage of a quicker finish than a concrete core. It was the first skyscraper to be built in London since One Churchill Place at Canary Wharf.

Ancient artefacts were found during the building of the skyscraper, holding up its construction for several years.

Planning[edit]

In February 2005 Broadgate Plaza Ltd, a subsidiary of The British Land Company plc, submitted a planning application to the City of London for the construction of two buildings of 33 stories and 13 stories respectively.[1]

Architecture[edit]

The tower has a criss-cross style steel beaming over the windows making it have a very strong appearance. The beaming is similar to the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong.

Construction gallery[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Planning applications". Corporation of London. 05/00167/FULEIA. Retrieved 20 October 2013.