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Laing O Rourke Win Leadenhall Contract

Laing O' Rourke has won the battle to become the main contractor for a new skyscraper in London, the Leadenhall Building that began construction in January 2011.

Situated on the opposite side of Leadenhall to Lloyds of London in the heart of London's financial district, the wedge-shaped 224.5 metre tall tower better known as the Cheesegrater, is one of the new generation of tall buildings emerging in the City.

Designed by Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners, it is being developed by property stalwarts British Land, and the Canadian firm, Oxford Properties. Once it is completed in 2014 it will offer 58,000 square metres of largely grade A space, with some retail and restaurant outlets thrown in on the lower floors.

There will be a massive semi-open ground floor area to connect the building to St Helen's, whilst the ground level will also be adorned by the signature coloured funnels that the architect has employed on other past projects such as Waterside in Paddington. As one would expect from Rogers', scenic lifts will race up one side of the building; these will be tallest scenic lifts in use the United Kingdom trumping those at Heron Tower.

Anchoring the project after years of rumours is insurance company Aon who are taking 17,744 square metres of space with an option for a further 7,896 square metres should they desire it.
Leadenhall Building, London
Leadenhall Building, London