The tallest building in the City of London, Heron Tower, finally topped out this morning almost a decade after it first surfaced.
Designed by Kohn Pederson Fox and built by Skanska for Heron International, the tower is 202 metres to roof and will have a 44 metre tall spire on the top of it giving it a total height of 230 metres making it the second tallest building in the country - at least until the Shard is completed.
Within the tower will be 40,836 square metres of office space filling the tower up to its 38th floor. Levels 38-40 will be occupied by a restaurant, skybar, and a roof terrace located in the centre of the building giving it as much shelter as possible from the elements. It will be London's highest outside space.
At the bottom of the tower is a triple height ground floor complete with what will be one of the largest fish tanks in London - the space set aside for this can already been when passing along the street outside.
To help power the building, the southern fašade features a network of photovoltaic cells. These are literally thousands of small squares linked together with enough space between them for the occupants to see out. Being located facing the south they get the greatest percentage of direct sunlight, and at the same time provide extra solar shading.
With all going to plan on the site, Heron Tower will be completed and ready for business in February 2011. In addition Heron has started on their residential building near the Barbican and has recently submitted new plans for Heron Plaza next door.
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