CITYPOINT (previously known as BRITANNIC HOUSE and BRITANNIC TOWER)
is a skyscraper located on Ropemaker Street on the northern fringe of
the City of
Originally named Britannic House,
It was refurbished in 2000, with additional floor space and the
height increased to 127 metres (417 ft). The designer for the
refurbishment was Sheppard Robson. It was renamed
In August 2005 its owner, Pillar Properties, sold the building for more than £500 million in one of the largest deals ever seen in the City office market.
In early 2007 the building was again put on the market, this time for £650 million, and purchased by a private American company called Beacon Capital Partners . At the time it was the most expensive building sale in the United Kingdom. However 8 Canada Square at Canary Wharf eclipsed this by some margin just a few months later when it was sold for over £1 billion.
A number of other large buildings are planned on sites nearby. These include a 43-storey, 140 metres (459 ft) residential tower at Milton Court. A 90 metres (295 ft) office tower at Ropemaker Place has also been developed by British Land .