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British Land Prelets Lime Street Tower

British Land has prelet almost the entire planned at 51 Lime Street opposite Lloyds of London. The half a million square foot development looks set to start almost immediately thanks to the lease signed by the insurance company Willis Group Holdings who will be taking 420,000sq ft / 39,000 sq m who will see the building named the Willis Building.

This 26 floor office building designed by Norman Foster reaches 125m / 409ft, and is one of the latest organic designs to come out of the practice. Based around a shellfish, its a highly sculpture piece featuring a series of different sections which step down to the height of their neighbours as well as providing a curving glass frontage to contrast with the techno-post-modernism of Lloyds.

Demolition on the site will be starting very soon, with construction expected to finish around 2006. When completed it will be the fourth tallest building in the City of London (assuming nothing taller is finished by then). This building stands over the road from 122 Leadenhall which can be seen in the right of the rendering infront of Lloyds.

With Norton Rose rumoured to be taking up 201 Bishopsgate, also developed by British Land, and British Land's hints they will want to build a new tower speculatively to provide them with a buffer for the market picking up as to satisfy potential rising demand, 122 Leadenhall could be on the cards sooner than people expect.

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