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Exchange House

 

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  • Exchange House from Tower 42
  • Exchange House, London

Other Information

  • Exchange House was one of the first buildings to be built in the United Kingdom with a fast-track shell and core construction, although this was partly due to the fact that project has been constructed on an already existing raft that sits above a railway line rather than on the ground itself.
  • Key to the structural stability of the development is the seemingly decorative parabolic arch on the north and southern faces of the building. This actually helps support the project and distributes the weight of the development to the foundation piers either side of the raft above the railways and thus on to solid ground.
  • The precise dimensions of the arch are not only determined by structural necessity but also by those of a traditional Victorian train shed providing a deliberate reference to what is now concealed underneath Exchange House.
  • The load bearing exterior has the advantage, in part, of having a more open interior with two atria running through the building allowing the floors more natural light than the deep floorplates would otherwise allow.

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Architect
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Consulting Engineer
Waterman Group
Cost Consultant
V.J Mendoza and Partners
Developer
Stanhope PLC
British Rail
Main Contractor
Bovis Lend Lease
Services Engineer
Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Structural Engineer
Skidmore Owings & Merrill

Reference Data

Reference No.
519
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
06-10-2016
 

Building Location

Address
Primrose Street, Broadgate, London. EC2A 2DD
Estate
Broadgate
Council
City of London
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1986
Construction start date
1987
Completion date
1990
Style
Structural Expressionist

Roof Height (AGL)
65.00

Total Floors (O.G)
12

Market Data

Primary Use
Office

Floorspace (sq m)
51,000.00

Metres > Feet