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Skyscraper

Project timeline

2010 – 2014

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Office

Location Change this

122 Leadenhall St
EC3V 4AB London
United Kingdom

Current state

Original

Also known as Change this

The Cheesegrater

Architect Change this

Leadenhall Building Change this

London, United Kingdom
by Richard Rogers Change this
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On the place of today's Leadenhall Building has been standing a 14 storeys building completed in 1969 and designed by Gollins Melvin Ward Partnership. The two buildings had a central concrete core and suspended floors on the exterior of the building. The building was extensively damaged by an IRA bomb in the early-1990s. It was demolished in 2007-08 to make space for new development.

The Leadenhall Building is 225 m tall, with 48 floors. With its distinctive wedge-shaped profile it has been nicknamed the Cheesegrater, a name originally given to it by the City of London Corporation's chief planning officer, Peter Rees, who upon seeing a model of the concept "told Richard Rogers I could imagine his wife using it to grate parmesan.

The new tower features a tapered glass facade on one side which reveals steel bracings, along with a ladder frame to emphasize the vertical appearance of the building. It also appears to anchor the tower to the ground, giving a sense of strength. Unlike other tall buildings, which typically use a concrete core to provide stability, the steel megaframe provides stability to the entire structure and is the world's tallest of its kind. The base features a 30 m high atrium. The flat side of the building is also encased in glass.

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