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Shell Mex House Also known as The Cecil Hotel

 

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  • Shell Mex House was built on the site of Cecil Hotel in 1886 and was Europe's largest with over 600 rooms. It was purchased by Shell in 1930 who had the structure stripped to the bone and then remodeled with art deco stylings.
  • The rebuilding rate was such that 7,500 tons of steel were erected at an average rate of 400 tons per week, and of the 72,000 square yards of floor, 5,500 square yards (roughly an acre), were laid in one week.
  • Shell Mex House contains London's largest clock face, 7.62 metres in diameter. The clock tower element is crucial for the building height which allowed it to circumvent the height limits of the time that existed for fire safety reasons by defining it as an uninhabited part of the building.
  • After the height restrictions were repealed following World War 2, Shell had an area between near the clocks built on with a two-storey office extension that that increased the floor area to what it is to today.

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Architect
Messrs. Josephs
Developer
British Petroleum
Shell Transport
Main Contractor
F. Milton Cashmore
Renovation Architect
Gensler Associates

Reference Data

Reference No.
2935
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
07-08-2015
 

Building Location

Address
80 Strand, London. WC2R 0HS
Council
Westminster
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1930
Completion date
1947
Renovation Date
2000
Heritage Status
Grade II
Style
Art Deco

Roof Height (AGL)
58.00

Total Floors (O.G)
12
Total Floors (U.G)
2

Market Data

Primary Use
Office
Secondary Use
Clock Tower

Floorspace (sq m)
45,000.00

Last Sale Value
£610,000,000.00
Sale Date
2014

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