THE SCALPEL is a commercial skyscraper under construction in
United Kingdom . It is located on Lime Street in the City of London
financial area. Originally a nickname but subsequently designated as
its official name, the term "Scalpel" was coined by the Financial
Times due to the building's distinctive angular design and followed
a trend of nicknaming new buildings based upon their shape, such as
Leadenhall Building , also known as "The Cheesegrater".
Upon completion in 2017,
The Scalpel will be 190 m (620 ft) tall, with
38 storeys. It has been designed by
Kohn Pedersen Fox .
The site is on the corner of Lime Street and
Leadenhall Street ,
opposite the Lloyd\'s building and adjacent to the Willis Building .
The skyscraper is being built for insurance company
W. R. Berkley and
will be the firm's new European headquarters, occupying approximately
one-quarter of the total office space. A small proportion of the
commercial space will be occupied by a retail shop at street-level, a
basement restaurant at the
Leadenhall Street frontage, and by a café
at the Lime Street entrance. Office space has also been pre-leased to
BPL (level 12) and Axis (levels 2-3).
* 1 Planning
* 2 Construction
* 3 See also
* 4 References
* 5 External links
WRBC Services Ltd applied to the City of
London Corporation for
planning permission in September 2012 to demolish Prudential House
(52–54 Lime Street and 21–26 Leadenhall Street), Allianz Cornhill
House (27-27A Leadenhall Street), and Winterthur House (34–36
Leadenhall Street and 4–5 Billiter Street) and to construct a new
building of 38 storeys comprising office and retail uses.
On 15 January 2013 the City of
London Planning and Transportation
Committee recommended that planning permission be granted for the
application. On 11 June 2013 the Common Council of the City of
London permitted the development to go ahead subject to certain
conditions being met.
The construction of the new tower first required the demolition of
three existing buildings on the 0.33 ha (0.82 acres) site. The
building at 38
Leadenhall Street (on the corner of Billiter Street)
will remain despite being within the block that the new tower will
Skanska were appointed as the main building contractor. In October
2013, the developers informed the Corporation of
London that the
project would commence on 23 November 2013.
As of March 2017 the core has been completed and the metalwork is now
up to the 25th floor with glass panels installed on the lower floors."
* City of
Leadenhall Building a skyscraper nearby
St Andrew Undershaft , the church opposite on Leadenhall Street
* ^ A B Allister Hayman (22 July 2013). "
Skanska set to start on
£500m Scalpel tower". Building.co.uk. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
* ^ A B "Planning and Transportation Committee report" (PDF). City
of London. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
* ^ "52 Lime Street Property Summary". Property Group Partnership.
Retrieved 26 October 2013.
* ^ Peter Bill (21 September 2012). "Insurers reckon the
Scalpel’s a cut above...".
London Evening Standard . Retrieved 26
* ^ A B "City planners approve 38-storey
2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-01-15.
* ^ Financial Times, September 4th 2012
The Sunday Times , business section, 7 October 2012
* ^ Waite, Richard (2012-09-05). "Revealed: KPF\'s new London
skyscraper News". Architects Journal. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
* ^ Bell, Matthew (2012-09-05). "W R Berkley requests planning for
London \'scalpel\' skyscraper News Construction News".
Cnplus.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
* ^ A B C D "Planning applications". City of
London Corporation .
12/00870/FULEIA. Retrieved 22 October 2013.