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City’s tallest tower takes shape

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The steel frame for the Heron Tower is now more than halfway complete, with construction of the 46-storey building having surpassed level 24.

When complete in 2011 Heron Tower will be the tallest building in the City of London, standing at 202m high with a radio mast adding a further 30m to the overall height.

Working on behalf of main contractor Skanska, Severfield-Reeve will eventually erect approximately 11,000t of structural steel for the project, which will amount to some 8,500 pieces.

The development will provide 42,873m² of internal space providing office accommodation for more than 4,000 staff.

Overall the building will comprise three basement levels, three concourse levels incorporating entrance foyers and retail areas, 36 storeys of offices from levels 2 to 37, restaurants and bars from levels 38 to 40, and then six floors of plant.

Sustainability has played a key element in the building’s design, with each elevation responding to its orientation. The southern elevation incorporates photovoltaic glass, cooled by recycled air to reduce energy consumption.

The steel structure is clad in stainless steel curtain walling incorporating natural ventilation to the east and west facades.



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