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Tower 42 Also known as The Natwest Tower

 

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  • Tower 42 was originally built by Natwest and called the Natwest Tower, a name that has still stuck.
  • The building was originally planned at 650 feet, 198 metres, but this was reduced. Still its then extreme height was allowed thanks to the combining of air-rights from both parcels of land that it occupies.
  • It was the UK's first true skyscraper, and the tallest building in London until the topping-out of 1 Canada Square in the Docklands in 1990.
  • When completed the building was the tallest cantilevered tower in the world.
  • The building was allegedly the straightest skyscraper in the world thanks to the then cutting-edge use of lasers to insure the verticality was as absolute as possible.
  • Although suspected to represent the logo of the Natwest Tower from the air, something that Natwest utilised in television adverts, the architect Richard Seifert always denied his design was supposed to embody Natwest's logo.
  • On April 24, 1993, the Provisional IRA exploded a huge truck bomb in the Bishopsgate area of the City of London. The bomb extensively damaged the NatWest Tower and many other buildings in the vicinity, causing over 1 billion worth of damage. The tower suffered severe damage and had to be entirely reclad and internally refurbished (demolition would have been too difficult and expensive).
  • The tower features an expensive seafood and champagne bar on the 42nd floor called Vertigo 42. Its height affords patrons an excellent view across central London and beyond.

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03-10-2014 > Tower 42 Not To Be Listed

29-01-2008 > Tower 42 Owners Plan New Extensions

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Architect
R. Seifert & Partners
Developer
Natwest
Main Contractor
Mowlem
Renovation Architect
Gollins, Melvin and Ward Partnership
Structural Engineer
Pell Frischmann

Reference Data

Reference No.
57
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
23-10-2014
 

Building Location

Address
25 Old Broad Street, London. EC2N 1HQ
Council
City of London
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1964
Construction start date
1971
Completion date
1980
Renovation Date
1995
Style
International

Roof Height (AOD)
199.20
Roof Height (AGL)
182.90

Tower 42

Total Floors (O.G)
47
Plant Floors
3
Total Floors (U.G)
2
Number of Lifts
13

Market Data

Primary Use
Office
Secondary Use
Retail

Floorspace (sq m)
30,100.00
Car Parking Spaces
60

Construction Cost
£72,000,000.00
Budget Date
1980
Last Sale Value
£226,000,000.00
Sale Date
1998

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