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Heron Tower Gets Its Spire

Blink when crossing Waterloo Bridge and you might miss it but having been delivered last night by a lorry almost the maximum length permitted on British roads, the spire for Heron Tower has now been erected.

The 27.5 metre long stainless steel spire arrived at the Bishopsgate site in London in one single piece at approximately 11pm to be hoisted up by a crane and fitted overnight so was sitting in place by 9am the following morning. With some cladding needing to be added to the very top floors of the tower, it is now essentially complete.

The erection of the spire pushes the total height of the building to 230 metres, making it the second tallest in London behind One Canada Square in Canary Wharf.

Originally the plan was to construct a spire 44 metres in height that would have made Heron Tower the tallest building in London with it to be erected in two separate bits but these plans were amended in 2008 to what we now see today.

Spires are such a novelty for modern tall buildings in London that there literally isn't a single hundred metre tall tower with one in the entire capital. In the past the roofs or fašade overruns have generally been the cut-off level for the maximum height of the building so Heron Tower marks the first time height for the sake of height has become an intrinsic part of the design. London's towers are finally embracing their verticality.

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Heron Tower, with spire.
Heron Tower, with spire.
Heron Tower, with spire.
Heron Tower, with spire.