52–54 Lime Street

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52–54 Lime Street
Artist's impression of KPG designed 52-54 Lime Street.jpg
Artist's impression
General information
Status Under construction
Location London, United Kingdom
Construction started Late 2014 (expected)
Estimated completion 2017
Cost £500m[1]
Roof 190 m (623 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 38 (+ 2 basement floors)
Floor area Offices: 37,564 square metres (404,300 sq ft)
Restaurant: 883 square metres (9,500 sq ft)
Retail: 98 square metres (1,100 sq ft)[2]
Lifts/elevators 16 (including 2 goods lifts, 2 cycle lifts and 1 fire fighting lift)
Design and construction
Architect Kohn Pedersen Fox
Developer Property Group Partnership[3][4]
Structural engineer Arup
Main contractor Skanska

52–54 Lime Street is a skyscraper approved for construction on Lime Street in London.[5] Although it has no official or formal name yet, it has been nicknamed the Scalpel because of its distinctive angular design.[6] Upon completion in 2017 the building will be 190 m (620 ft) tall, with 38 storeys. It has been designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox.[7]

The site is on the corner of Lime Street and Leadenhall Street, opposite the Lloyd's building and adjacent to the Willis Building, in the City of London financial district. The skyscraper is being built for insurance company W. R. Berkley and will be its new European headquarters, occupying one-quarter of the office space.[8] 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.


WRBC Services Ltd applied to the City of London Corporation for planning permission in September 2012 to demolish 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) and to construct a new building of 38 storeys comprising office and retail uses.[9]

On 15 January 2013 the City of London Planning and Transportation Committee recommended that planning permission be granted for the application.[5][9] On 11 June 2013 the Common Council of the City of London permitted the development to go ahead subject to certain conditions being met.[9]

The construction of the new tower will first require the demolition of three existing buildings on the 0.33 ha (0.82 acres) site. 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.[2]


Skanska have been appointed as main building contractors.[1] In October 2013, the developers informed the Corporation of London that the development would commence on 23 November 2013.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Allister Hayman (22 July 2013). "Skanska set to start on £500m Scalpel tower". Building.co.uk. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Planning and Transportation Committee report" (PDF). City of London. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "52 Lime Street Property Summary". Property Group Partnership. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Peter Bill (21 September 2012). "Insurers reckon the Scalpel’s a cut above...". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "City planners approve 38-storey London ‘scalpel’". 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  6. ^ The Sunday Times, business section, 7 October 2012
  7. ^ Waite, Richard (2012-09-05). "Revealed: KPF's new London skyscraper | News". Architects Journal. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  8. ^ Bell, Matthew (2012-09-05). "W R Berkley requests planning for London 'scalpel' skyscraper | News | Construction News". Cnplus.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Planning applications". City of London Corporation. 12/00870/FULEIA. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 

Coordinates: 51°30′48″N 0°04′53″W / 51.513258°N 0.081453°W / 51.513258; -0.081453