List of tallest buildings in the United Kingdom

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This article is about the tallest skyscrapers in the United Kingdom. For the tallest structures in general, see List of tallest structures in the United Kingdom.
The Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom

This is a list of the tallest buildings in the United Kingdom. As of July 2013 there are 57 habitable buildings in the United Kingdom at least 100 metres (330 ft) tall - with 45 of these in London, 4 in Manchester, 2 each in both Birmingham and Leeds, and 1 each in Liverpool, Sheffield, Swansea and Brighton. If all under-construction and approved buildings are actually built, this figure will nearly double to 110. The Shard (formerly known as Shard London Bridge), in Southwark, London, is currently the tallest completed building in both the United Kingdom and the European Union; it was topped out at a height of 310 metres (1,020 ft) in March 2012, inaugurated in July 2012 and opened to the public in February 2013.

The United Kingdom has not been noted historically for its abundance of skyscrapers, with the taller structures throughout the country tending to be cathedrals and church spires. Despite this, since the mid-20th century the number of high-rise apartment buildings and office blocks in most large British cities has grown significantly. In recent years there has been a boom in the number of skyscrapers proposed and approved for construction in the United Kingdom, particularly in London.

Tallest existing buildings[edit]

This list includes buildings under construction that have already been topped out, in the United Kingdom that stand at least 100 metres (330 ft) tall. Architectural height is considered, so masts and other elements added after completion of building are not considered.

Buildings above 100m[edit]

  Was the UK's tallest building upon completion
  Was the city's tallest building upon completion
Rank
Name
City
Region
Image Height (m)
Height (ft)
Floors
Year
Notes
1 The Shard London Greater London Shard London Bridge, 7 April 2012.jpg 306 1004 87 2012

[1]

2 One Canada Square London Greater London Canary Wharf 1 Canada Square.png 235 771 50 1991

[2]

3 Heron Tower London Greater London Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London.jpg 230 755 47 2010

[3]

4 Leadenhall Building London Greater London 225 737 48 2014
5 HSBC Tower London Greater London HSBC Tower.jpg 200 656 45 2002

[4]

Citigroup Centre, London London Greater London 25CanadaSquare.jpg 200 656 45 2001

[5]

6 Tower 42 London Greater London Tower 42 looking north from Bishopsgate 2011-05-04.jpg 183 600 43 1980

[6]

7 St George Wharf Tower London Greater London St George Wharf Tower, London, 1024 x 766 px.jpg 181 594 52 2014

[7]

8 30 St Mary Axe London Greater London Cigar panorama Swiss Re Tower.jpg 180 591 41 2003

[8]

11 Beetham Tower Manchester North West England Beetham Tower from below.jpg 169 554 50 2006

[9]

12 Broadgate Tower London Greater London Broadgate Tower.jpg 161 528 33 2008

[10]

13 One Churchill Place London Greater London Barclays HQ.jpg 156 512 32 2004

[11]

14 25 Bank Street London Greater London 25 bank street 2007.jpg 153 502 33 2003

[12]

40 Bank Street London Greater London 40 Bank Street Heron Quay London.jpg 153 502 33 2003

[13]

16 10 Upper Bank Street London Greater London 10 Upper Bank Street London.jpg 151 495 32 2003

[14]

17 Strata London Greater London Strata.jpg 148 486 43 2010

[15]

18 Pan Peninsula East Tower London Greater London Pan Peninsula London.jpg 147 484 48 2008

[16]

19 Guy's Tower London Greater London Guys hospital tower.jpg 143 469 34 1974

[17]

20 The Landmark East Tower London Greater London 22 Marsh Wall.jpg 140 459 44 2010

[18]

West Tower Liverpool North West England West Tower, Liverpool, England.jpg 140 459 40 2007

[19]

22 150 Stratford High Street London Greater London Geograph-3135278-by-David-Anstiss.jpg 133 436 41 2012

[20]

23 CityPoint London Greater London City Point.jpg 127 417 36 1967

[21]

24 Willis Building London Greater London Willis Building (London).jpg 125 410 28 2007

[22]

25 Euston Tower London Greater London Euston Tower 2004.jpg 124 407 36 1970

[23]

26 Cromwell Tower London Greater London Crowell Tower, London.jpg 123 404 42 1973

[24]

Lauderdale Tower London Greater London Barbican Estate Tower 2005.jpg 123 404 43 1974

[25]

Shakespeare Tower London Greater London Barbican Estate Tower 2007.jpg 123 404 43 1976

[26]

29 Pan Peninsula West Tower London Greater London Pan Peninsula London.jpg 122 400 39 2008

[27]

10 Holloway Circus Birmingham West Midlands Holloway Circus Tower Birmingham.JPG 122 400 39 2006

[28]

31 Millbank Tower London Greater London Millbank Tower, Westminster, London, 24Apr04.jpg 119 390 33 1963

[29]

32 St Helen's London Greater London St. Helen's - St. Mary Axe- 2011-05-04.jpg 118 387 28 1969

[30]

Co-operative Insurance Tower Manchester North West England CIS Tower Manchester.jpg 118 387 25 1962

[31]

34 Centre Point London Greater London Centre Point London.jpg 117 384 35 1967

[32]

Empress State Building London Greater London Empress State Building.JPG 117 384 31 1961

[33]

36 The Heron London Greater London Geograph-3216844-by-Mr-Biz.jpg 112 367 35 2012

[34]

37 1 West India Quay London Greater London Marriott Hotel, West India Quay London.jpg 111 364 36 2004

[35]

38 Bridgewater Place Leeds Yorkshire and the Humber Bridgewater place, Leeds 2011.jpg 110 361 32 2007

[36]

40 City Tower Manchester North West England Sunley Tower, Manchester.jpg 107 351 30 1967

[37]

The Tower, Meridian Quay Swansea Wales The Tower Meridian Quay.JPG 107 351 29 2008

[38]

Shell Centre London Greater London Shell Centre, London, UK, June 2004.jpg 107 351 26 1961

[39]

43 17 New Wakefield Street Manchester North West England 17 New Wakefield Street.jpg 106 348 37 2012

[40]

Sky Plaza Leeds Yorkshire and the Humber Sky Plaza Tower.JPG 106 348 37 2009

[41]

45 Nido Spitalfields London Greater London Nido 100 Middlesex Street.jpg 105 344 34 2009

[42]

33 Canada Square London Greater London Canary Wharf Wide View, London - July 2009.jpg 105 344 18 1999

[43]

47 Pioneer Point London Greater London Geograph-2337704-by-Robin-Webster.jpg 105 343 31 2011

[44]

48 Ontario Tower London Greater London Ontario Tower, London.jpg 104 341 31 2007

[45]

99 Bishopsgate London Greater London 99bishopsgate.jpg 104 341 26 1976

[46]

50 Sussex Heights Brighton South East England Sussex Heights, Brighton (from St Nicholas' Garden of Rest).JPG 102 334 24 1968

[47]

51 London Hilton on Park Lane London Greater London The London Hilton on Park Lane 1.jpg 101 331 29 1963

[48]

St Paul's Tower Sheffield Yorkshire and the Humber St Pauls Tower View.JPG 101 331 32 2010

[49]

Portland House London Greater London Portland House, London, England.jpg 101 331 29 1963

[50]

Royal London Hospital Tower 2 London Greater London Royal London Hospital redevelopment.jpg 101 331 29 2010

[51]

56 Stock Exchange Tower London Greater London London stock exchange reclad 5.jpg 100 328 27 1970

[52]

Alpha Tower Birmingham West Midlands Alpha Tower -Birmingham -UK (2).JPG 100 328 28 1970

[53]

Tallest under-construction buildings[edit]

This list ranks all under-construction buildings in the United Kingdom that will stand at least 100 metres (330 ft) tall. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts.[54] [55]

Rank
Name
City
Region
Height (m)
Height (ft)
Floors
Estimated Completion
2 52-54 Lime Street London Greater London 190 623 38 2017
3 100 Bishopsgate London Greater London 172 564 40 2015
4 1 Blackfriars London Greater London 163 535 52 2018
5 20 Fenchurch Street London Greater London 160 525 36 2014
6 Baltimore Tower London Greater London 150 495 45 2016
7 Providence Tower London Greater London 136 446 44 2015
8 One The Elephant London Greater London 133 436 37 2016
9 25 Churchill Place London Greater London 130 427 23 2014
10 Lots Road Tower 1 London Greater London 122 400 37 2015
11 Lexicon Tower London Greater London 115 377 35 2016
12 Sky View Tower London Greater London 105 344 34 2016

Tallest "On Hold" buildings[edit]

Rank
Name
City
Region
Height (m)
Height (ft)
Floors
1 Bishopsgate Tower London Greater London 288 945 63
2 Riverside South (South Tower) London Greater London 237 776 45
3 Piccadilly Tower Manchester North West England 188 617 58
4 Riverside South (North Tower) London Greater London 186 610 37
5 Bevis Marks House London Greater London 168 551 40
6 Snowhill Residential Tower Birmingham West Midlands 138 453 43
7 Chapel Wharf Block A Salford North West England 125 410 41
8 Gravity Tower Manchester North West England 116 381 33
9 Arrowhead London Greater London 114 367 25

Tallest approved buildings[edit]

This list ranks all approved for construction buildings in the United Kingdom that will stand at least 100 metres (330 ft) tall. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts.[56]

Rank
Name
City
Region
Height (m)
Height (ft)
Floors
1 North Quay Tower 1 London Greater London 216 709 44
2 North Quay Tower 3 London Greater London 203 666 38
3 One Nine Elms East London Greater London 200 656 58
4 Heron Quays West London Greater London 198 650 34
5 Ludgate House London Greater London 161 528 49
6 One Nine Elms West London Greater London 161 528 43
7 103 Colmore Row Birmingham West Midlands 160 525 35
8 V Building Birmingham West Midlands 152 499 51
9 Vivo Block D Manchester North West England 150 492 49
10 360 London London Greater London 145 476 44
11 Newfoundland London Greater London 144 472 38
12 20 Blackfriars Road Residential Tower London Greater London 141 463 43
13 Doon Street Tower London Greater London 141 463 43
14 Ruskin Square Tower London Greater London 135 443 30
15= Saffron Square London Greater London 134 440 44
15= Broad Street Tower Birmingham West Midlands 134 440 38
17 Bayscape Cardiff Bay South Wales 127 417 32
18 South Bank Tower Rebuild London Greater London 128 420 34
19 Dome Waterfront Hotel London Greater London 127 417 35
20 River Street Tower[57] Manchester North West England 129 423 42
21 Broadway Chambers Building 1 London Greater London 123 404 39
22 Trafalgar Way Tower 1 London Greater London 122 400 36
23 Vauxhall Sky Gardens London Greater London 120 394 36
24 North Quay Tower 2 London Greater London 120 390 18
25 New 1 Snow Hill Plaza Birmingham West Midlands 118 387 29
26 Westbridge Hotel Tower Leicester East Midlands 117 384 39
27 Convoys Wharf Tower 1 London Greater London 116 381 40
28 Quill London Greater London 109 358 31
29 Sampson House London Greater London 108 354 30
30 Beorma Quarter Birmingham West Midlands 107 351 27
31= Plot 3a Princes Dock Liverpool North West England 105 344 33
31= Bedford Square Phase 2 Belfast Northern Ireland 105 344 26
33= Trafalgar Way Tower 2 London Greater London 104 341 30
33= Vivo Block B Manchester North West England 104 341 33
35= Oceanique Plymouth South West England 101 331 31
35= The Blade Portsmouth South East England 101 331 33
37 Newington Causeway Tower London Greater London 100 330 22

Tallest proposed buildings[edit]

This list ranks all proposed for construction buildings in the United Kingdom that will stand at least 100 metres (330 ft) tall. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts.[58]

Rank
Name
City
Region
Height (m)
Height (ft)
Floors
1 Hertsmere Tower London Greater London 237 777 74
1 City Pride London Greater London 233 764 76
2 Newfoundland (London) London Greater London 220 722 60
3 30 Marsh Wall London Greater London 205 672 57
4 Regal Tower Birmingham West Midlands 201 659 56
5= Shanghai Tower Liverpool North West England 200 656 60
5= Wood Wharf W07B London Greater London 200 656
7 King Edward Tower Liverpool North West England 199 653 67
8 Wood Wharf W06 London Greater London 187 614
9 Wood Wharf W02 London Greater London 182 597 37
10 1 Park Place London Greater London 173 568 35
11 Cherry Orchard Road Tower London Greater London 171 561 48
12 Skylines Village Block B1 London Greater London 164 538 50
13 Odalisk Tower 2 London Greater London 160 520 51
14 Sugar House Phase One Tower London Greater London 159 522 44
15 Wood Wharf W07C London Greater London 154 505
16 Millharbour West Building A London Greater London 151 495 46
16= Lower Parliament Street Tower 1 Nottingham Nottinghamshire 151 495 50
17 Vauxhall Bondway Tower London Greater London 150 490 43
18 Plot N24 London Greater London 149 489 43
19 Dollar Bay London Greater London 143 469 47
20= Millharbour East Building E London Greater London 140 460 46
20= 1 Merchant Square London Greater London 140 460 42
20= Vauxhall Cross Island Tower 1 London Greater London 140 460 41
23 Skylines Village Block B London Greater London 138 453 40
24 East One Glasgow Scotland 137 449 42
25 The Hotel and Residences at Heron Plaza London Greater London 135 443 44
26 Brunel House Redevelopment Portsmouth Hampshire 130 426 40
27 Wood Wharf W04 London Greater London 129 423
28= Eileen House London Greater London 128 420 42
28= 40 Marsh Wall London Greater London 128 420 39
28= Wood Wharf W07A London Greater London 128 420
31 Millharbour East Building A London Greater London 126 413 37
32= New Street Station Tower 1 Birmingham West Midlands 124 407 30
32= New Street Station Tower 2 Birmingham West Midlands 124 407 30
34= Millharbour West Buildings B + C London Greater London 122 400 37
34= News International Headquarters Building 1 London Greater London 122 400 27
34= Wood Wharf W01 London Greater London 122 400
37 Premier House Building 1 Manchester North West England 121 397 36
38 Wood Wharf W08 London Greater London 119 389
39 The Meridian Tower London Greater London 118 387 32
40 Station Hill Building 5 Reading South East England 117 384 28
41 Battle of Britain Beacon London Greater London 116 381 17
42 One Crown Place London Greater London 114 374 24
43= Stratum Building A Manchester North West England 113 371 37
43= The Savoy Centre Glasgow Scotland 113 371 32
45 Block 3, Martineau Galleries Birmingham West Midlands 110 360 30
46 Aurora Belfast Northern Ireland 109 358 37
47= Elmbank Tower Glasgow Scotland 108 354 28
47= Millharbour West Building D London Greater London 108 354 24
47= Wood Wharf W05 London Greater London 108 354
50 Victoria Square[59] Woking Surrey 107.8 353 34
51 Vauxhall Cross Island Tower 2 London Greater London 106 348 31
52 Spiral Tower Birmingham West Midlands 104 341 26
53 Block C Poplar Business Park London Greater London 103 338 31
54= Odalisk Tower 1 London Greater London 100 330 31
54= Creekside Industrial Estate Building B London Greater London 100 330 30
54= South Quay Square Phase 2 London Greater London 100 330 30
54= Plot T6 London Greater London 100 330 27
54= Vetro Belfast Northern Ireland 100 330 26

Tallest demolished buildings[edit]

This list ranks all demolished and destroyed buildings in the United Kingdom that stood at least 100 metres (330 ft) tall. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts.[60]

Rank
Name
City
Region
Height (m)
Height (ft)
Floors
Year built
Year demolished
1= Drapers' Gardens London Greater London 100 328 30 1967 2007
1= Southwark Towers London Greater London 100 328 25 1976 2009

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This list ranks the tallest storied buildings in the United Kingdom throughout history, excluding free standing clock towers, church spires and other such structures.

Name
City
Region
Image Height (m)
Height (ft)
Floors
Years as tallest
Midland Grand Hotel London Greater London 2000 St Pancras 3.jpg 80 263 9 1869–1911
Royal Liver Building Liverpool North West England The Liver Building - Liverpool - geograph.org.uk - 415.jpg 90 295 13 1911–1961
Shell Centre London Greater London Shell Centre, London, UK, June 2004.jpg 107 351 26 1961–1962
CIS Tower Manchester North West England CIS Tower Manchester.jpg 118 387 25 1962–1963
Millbank Tower London Greater London Millbank Tower, Westminster, London, 24Apr04.jpg 118 390 32 1963–1964
Post Office Tower London Greater London BT Tower-1.jpg 177 581 36 1964–1980
NatWest Tower London Greater London Tower42.jpg 183 600 47 1980–1991
One Canada Square London Greater London Canary Wharf 1 Canada Square.png 235 770 50 1991–2012
Shard London Bridge London Greater London Shard on 12 March 2012.JPG 310 1,017 87 2012–

Tallest buildings by city[edit]

List of tallest buildings in Bristol
(Three tallest buildings: Castlemead 80m, Eclipse 65m, Avon House 64m)
List of tallest buildings and structures in Edinburgh
(Three tallest buildings: Martello Court 64m, Citadel Court 57m, Persevere Court 57m)
List of tallest buildings in Glasgow
(Three tallest buildings: 109 Bluevale Street 91m, 51 Whitevale Street 91m, 21 Birnie Court 89m)
List of tallest buildings in Leeds
(Three tallest buildings: Bridgewater Place 112m, Sky Plaza 106m, Opal Tower 90m)
List of tallest buildings in Manchester
(Three tallest buildings: Beetham Tower 169m, CIS Tower 118m, City Tower 107m)
List of tallest buildings in Newcastle upon Tyne
(Three tallest buildings: Vale House 80m, Shieldfield House 77m, Bewick Court 77m)
List of tallest buildings in Portsmouth
(Three tallest buildings: 1 Gunwharf Quays 95m, Ladywood House 72m, Admiralty Tower 68m)
List of tallest buildings in Preston
(Three tallest buildings: Guild Centre 61m, Unicentre 59m, Sessions House 55m)
List of tallest buildings in Salford
(Three tallest buildings: Blue MediaCityUK 90m, The Heart MediaCityUK 82m, North Tower 80m)

See also[edit]

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  2. ^ "One Canada Square". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
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  4. ^ "8 Canada Square". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  5. ^ "25 Canada Square". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  6. ^ "Tower 42". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  7. ^ "St George Wharf Tower". Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
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  10. ^ "Broadgate Tower". Retrieved 2005-09-01. 
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  12. ^ "25 Bank Street". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  13. ^ "40 Bank Street". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  14. ^ "10 Upper Bank Street". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
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  22. ^ "The Willis Building". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  23. ^ "Euston Tower". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  24. ^ "Cromwell Tower". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  25. ^ "Lauderdale Tower". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
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  30. ^ "Aviva Tower". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  31. ^ "CIS Tower". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  32. ^ "Centre Point". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  33. ^ "Empress State Building". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
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  38. ^ "The Tower, Meridian Quay". Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
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  47. ^ "Sussex Heights". Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
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  51. ^ "Royal London Hospital Tower 2". Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  52. ^ "125 Old Broad Street". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  53. ^ "Alpha Tower". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
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  55. ^ "On hold buildings". Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  56. ^ "Approved". Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
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  58. ^ "Proposed". Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  59. ^ http://victoriasquarewoking.co.uk/
  60. ^ "Demolished". Retrieved 2010-11-12.