CityPoint (previously known as Britannic House and Britannic Tower) is
a skyscraper located on Ropemaker Street on the northern fringe of the
City of London, the main financial district and historic nucleus of
Originally named Britannic House,
CityPoint was built in 1967 as a
35-storey, 122 metres (400 ft) tall headquarters for British
Petroleum (now BP), becoming the first building in the City of London
area to exceed the height of St Paul's Cathedral. The designers were
F. Milton Cashmore and H. N. W. Grosvenor. In 1991 British
Petroleum moved back to their original headquarters on Finsbury Circus
and the building was renamed Britannic Tower.
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
CityPoint is the seventh-tallest building in the City, after the Heron
Tower, 122 Leadenhall Street, Tower 42, 30 St Mary Axe, Broadgate
20 Fenchurch Street
20 Fenchurch Street but only the 23rd-tallest in Greater
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
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.
List of tallest buildings and structures in London
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Coordinates: 51°31′10″N 0°5′22″W / 51.51944°N
0.08944°W / 51.51944; -0.08944
St Paul's Cathedral
Tallest Building in the City of London