Last night we went for a preview tour of the Leadenhall Building (aka The Cheesegrater) and it was rather bloomin’ impressive. This 46-floor skyscraper designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners stands a lofty 224 metres tall, which means it towers well above the Gherkin, Heron Tower and the Walkie Talkie.
It’s highly photogenic and we took some lovely pics. But first, here are some nice slivers of Cheesegrater info for you:
➪ The sloping shape is designed so that it doesn’t obscure the protected view from Fleet Street to St Paul’s Cathedral. Yes, sight lines can be sacred too, don’t you know!
➪ It’s got bragging rights about being the most energy efficient tall building in London.
➪ Like most of Richard Rogers’ buildings, all the stuff that’s normally hidden is shown off proudly on the outside, including the big bank of lifts at the back.
➪ Speaking of the lifts, these are apparently the fastest lifts in London – speeding up the building in an ear-poppingly quick eight metres per second. The view while being whizzed up is so stunning that it almost makes you wish they took a little longer.
➪ It took 18,000 tonnes of steel to build the frame. Phew!
➪ There’s 56,670 square metres of lettable floor space, which will predominantly accommodate businesses with a restaurant on the third floor and a large landscaped public space at the bottom.
➪ Sadly you won’t be able to get up to the top (unless you work there). Better get renting an office space, quick-sharp!
However, we went ALL the way up to level 47 and you can relive it with us by checking out these photos below. Enjoy!
First off, the lifts of course! Not recommended for those with a fear of heights.
As everything is on show, each element has been architect designed which means all the details look very stylish.
We headed up to floor 40 where you can play peekaboo with the Shard.
And generally stand slack-jawed gaping at the views.
But nothing really prepares you for the stunning views from the roof terrace on the 47th floor.
The Gherkin looks like a cornichon from up here!
Tower Bridge even opened up for a nice photo op!
And the sunset was rather spectacular!
Just imagine the view from this window cleaning basket up on floor 48!
Calling all London falcons – you’ve got a sweet little abode up here!
And then we had to return back to earth.
But the public space at the bottom of the building did look very twinkly in the twilight.
By Sonya Barber. Photos by Ben Rowe.
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