‘Onwards and upwards’ may be a colloquial catchphrase, but its implications for the building trade hold some fascinating stories and statistics.
Future Dimensions has worked on projects big and small and the size of your build is really not a problem for us.
That’s why we thought it would be interesting to look at some construction projects in London where the size of the building was of paramount importance. It seems that for both kings and architects, size really did matter.
The building of tall structures in London began with the construction of the Tower of London in 1098. At 27 metres (89 feet) high, this was an imposing royal residence, originally constructed under the supervision of William the Conqueror. Built in the style of Norman architecture it was not only a military stronghold, but a site of imprisonment for the likes of King Richard ll, and execution by beheading of some of the unfortunate wives of King Henry VIII. Nowadays it’s of course the home of the crown jewels, and is on the must-visit hit-list of every tourist visiting London.
At a height of 150 metres (492 feet), St Paul’s Cathedral outdid the Tower of London considerably in terms of height when it was completed in 1310. Its status then as the world’s tallest structure was short-lived, as a year later in 1311 Lincoln Cathedral overtook it. Although the spire of the Old St Paul’s was destroyed by lightning in 1561 and it was severely damaged by fire in 1666, following its reconstruction it remained London’s tallest building until the the BT Tower, of 177 metres (581 feet), was opened in 1965.
Since the BT Tower, London’s been soaring to dizzying new heights building impressive skyscrapers all over the city, including the Leadenhall Building which, at 225 metres (738 feet) tall, is London’s fourth tallest building with 48 floors in total.
The Heron Tower is London’s third tallest building, built in the financial district of the city.
Completed in 2011, the Heron Tower stands 230 metres (755 ft) tall, including its spire. One quirky design feature is that it houses a 70,000 litre aquarium containing around 1,200 fish, looked after by two full time fish attendants and three part-time divers who clean its rock work and glass!
One Canada Square (centre with the pyramid roof) in Canary Wharf is the UK’s second highest skyscraper at 235 metres (770 feet). Mostly used for offices, there are some retail units on the lower ground floor – but sadly, no observation floor is available for the public to enjoy the views of London from.
At 310 metres (1,017 feet), The Shard is London’s tallest building. Fortunately, this super-tall skyscraper of 95 stories does have a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor for you to enjoy city views of from. The Shard is not only the tallest building in London, but the fifth highest building in Europe.
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