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THE SCALPEL is a commercial skyscraper under construction in London
London
, United Kingdom
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 the nearby Leadenhall Building , also known as "The Cheesegrater". Upon completion in 2017, The Scalpel
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).

CONTENTS

* 1 Planning * 2 Construction * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links

PLANNING

WRBC Services Ltd applied to the City of London
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
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
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 dominate.

CONSTRUCTION

Skanska
Skanska
were appointed as the main building contractor. In October 2013, the developers informed the Corporation of London
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."

SEE ALSO

* City of London
London
landmarks * Leadenhall Building a skyscraper nearby * St Andrew Undershaft , the church opposite on Leadenhall Street

REFERENCES

* ^ A B Allister Hayman (22 July 2013). " Skanska
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
London
Evening Standard . Retrieved 26 October 2013. * ^ A B "City planners approve 38-storey London
London
‘scalpel’". 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
London
\'scalpel\' skyscraper News Construction News". Cnplus.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-10-08. * ^ A B C D "Planning applications". City of London
London
Corporation . 12/00870/FULEIA. Retrieved 22 October 2013.

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