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The UK’s Tallest Office Tower Blocks

By Bella Winterfold

To some, UK architecture is represented by its stone castles and landmarks where battles were fought. The UK offers these monumental buildings and spaces and tourists come to visit them. There are also other buildings which are just as impressive such as the tall office tower blocks with high business gas bills. London is home to many of these buildings but it was not always like this. In the past, the London skyline was kept low to highlight the historic castles and cathedrals but it has risen a few hundred feet over the last few decades.

One Canada Square is eight hundred feet high with 50 stories and comes in as the tallest building in the UK. It was completed in November 1990 and is top office space overlooking the waterfront. It is also referred to as Canary Wharf Tower and despite being the first project to be developed in the wharf area, all of the offices were only fully occupied 10 years later.

The Citigroup Centre 2 buildings, 8 Canada Square and 25 Canada Square are the third tallest in the UK and are both 656 feet high with 45 floors. These were both completed in 2002.

In 2009, Heron Tower, standing 663 feet tall, was completed and became the second highest building in the UK. It is also the tallest building in London’s financial district, a landmark for anyone visiting for the first time. You won’t have any problems finding National Westminster Bank’s headquarters, either. Their office tower comes in at number five, a paltry 600 feet above sea level. It cost 72 million GBP to build it back in 1981 and it held the title of 2nd highest building until Heron Tower opened nearly thirty years later.

Two other office towers worth visiting in London are 30. St. Mary Axe, known to most as The Gherkin or Centre Tower. In 2003, it was awarded the Emporis Skyscraper award and the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture a year later. It is one of the most distinguished buildings inhabiting the London skyline. Although it is only 385 feet tall, it was in fact London’s first skyscraper. It was finished in 1966 and still comes in 27th place in the UK’s tallest buildings list. Riddled with conspiracy theories, it is well worth a visit and it is a Grade II listed building with the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architecture and Historic Interest.

Bella Winterfold writes for a variety of industries including business gas.

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