Thursday, 16 September 2010

Views from The Gerkin - daytime

An invitation to ‘End of Summer’ drinks at The Gerkin came out of the blue care of Standard Life.

The Gerkin sits in the City of London close to other iconic buildings such as
Tower 42 (the former Nat West Tower)…
Second tallest skyscraper in the City of London and the sixth tallest in London (183 metres (600 ft)). The tower, designed by Richard Seifert and engineered by Pell Frischmann, is located at 25 Old Broad Street. It was built by John Mowlem & Co between 1971 and 1980,

…and the Lloyds Building

It was designed by architect Richard Rogers and built between 1978 and 1986. Bovis was the management contractor. It is 88 metres (289 ft) to the roof, with 14 floors. Above it stand the construction cranes that have been kept in place as decoration pushing the height to 95.10 metres (312 ft). Its focal point is the large Underwriting Room on the ground floor, which houses the famous Lutine Bell.

For the record Wikipedia records:

30 St Mary Axe, also known as the Gherkin, is a skyscraper in London's main financial district, the City of London, completed in December 2003 and opened at the end of May 2004. With 40 floors, the tower is 180 metres (591 ft) tall, and stands on the former site of the Baltic Exchange building, which was severely damaged on 10 April 1992 by the explosion of a bomb placed by the Provisional IRA. The building was designed by Norman Foster, Ken Shuttleworth and Arup engineers, and was erected by Skanska in 2001–2003.

Views from the Gerkin

River Thames with the Millennium Footbridge and Blackfriars Railway Bridge

Tower 42 and in the distance the Post Office Tower

The Heron Tower

Again from Wikipedia Heron Tower, also referred to as 110 Bishopsgate, is a skyscraper under construction by Heron International in the City of London. Having topped out in July 2010, it stands 230 metres tall including its 28 metre mast, or 202 metres (663 ft) excluding the mast - making it the tallest building in the City of London and the second tallest building in London as a whole, after 1 Canada Square in Canary Wharf

The Shard underconstruction at London Bridge
32 London Bridge or The Shard when completed in 2012 will be the tallest building in London, the United Kingdom and the European Union. The tower will stand at 310 m (1,017 ft) tall.

The 2012 Olympic Stadium in the distance

Tower Bridge and The Tower of London

Canary Wharf in the distance

The glass top of the Gerkin as dusk falls

Reflections of the string quartet and guests in the glass after dark

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