Euston Tower

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Euston Tower, London

Coordinates: 51°31′32.1″N 00°08′21.4″W / 51.525583°N 0.139278°W / 51.525583; -0.139278 Euston Tower is a skyscraper located in the London Borough of Camden. It is a typical example of an International Style skyscraper, constructed with a steel frame and glass curtain walls. It is situated at the intersection of Tottenham Court Road and Euston Road, the official address being 286 Euston Road.

Euston Tower is 124 metres (407 ft) high, and has 36 floors. It was designed by Sidney Kaye and is aesthetically very similar to the CIS Tower and New Century House (1962), both in Manchester.

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Among Londoners, the Euston Tower was most famous for being the home of Capital Radio from 1973 until 1997, when it moved to Leicester Square. It was common for Capital to announce itself as broadcasting "from the top of the Euston Tower", but in fact Capital's offices and studios were all based in the ground- and first-floor podium sections rather than in the actual skyscraper section. ITV station Thames Television occupied premises adjacent to the tower from 1970 to 1992 although these have subsequently been redeveloped.

Originally, the base of the tower was a raised platform with a series of walkways at the first floor connecting the tower with the other buildings on the Euston Centre. Recent renovation work by Arup has seen cafes and shops open in the base. An HM Revenue and Customs office is located there. The upper 10 floors are the London home of the international design and engineering firm WS Atkins PLC, with Ablestoke Financial Planning LLP based on the 32nd floor. The development around Euston Tower is now branded Regent's Place and is managed by British Land.

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