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Steel erection under way on Walkie Talkie

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The construction of London’s latest skyscraper, 20 Fenchurch Street, has reached a significant landmark with steelwork erection now under way.

Dubbed the Walkie Talkie, the Rafael Viñoly designed building requires William Hare to install approximately 7,000t of structural steelwork, which equates to more than 10,000 individual pieces.

The Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group development is said to be one of London’s most eagerly anticipated projects due to its innovative design. The 160m high building flares outwards from its base so that larger floorplates are to be found at the higher storeys.

When complete in 2014 the building will contain 13,000t of structural and reinforced steel, and approximately 33,000m² of glass – an area equivalent to more than four football pitches.

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