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Leadenhall Building Has Lift Off

After many moons of demolition, construction proper has just begun on the Leadenhall Building in the City of London.

Better known as the Cheese-grater, the 224.5 metre tall building is the tallest building yet to be built in the City despite only having a mere 55,000 square metres of office space within. With 48 storeys it will also have more floors above ground than any other building in the City of London.

It is located in the skyscraper equivalent of ground zero where its pedigree is already on show. On one side of the road Lloyds of London that was designed by the same architect as the Leadenhall Building, Richard Rogers, whilst on the other side is the Willis Building, with which it shares the same developer, British Land.

The building shows off some of the structural expressionism Rogers' practise, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is famous for with heavy use of diagonal cross-bracing, a separate service section located on the outside of the building with glass lifts that will zip from top to bottom and even coloured vents standing in front of it on the pavement.

Main contractor Bovis Lendlease are overseeing work on the site which today has seen a BG40 piling rig start hammering the first part of the buildings future structure into the ground .

Above the demolition contractor McGee are still removing the spectacularly suspended remains of the previous building, 122 Leadenhall Street, which thanks to its top down construction has hovered in midair in font of amazed Londoners for months.

Work on the new skyscraper which is sure to become one of the most recognisable in the world, perhaps even rivalling the nearby Gherkin, will be completed sometime in 2010.

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