'Scraper Updater

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By M@ Last edited 130 months ago
'Scraper Updater
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Following on from our post about the Shard and yesterday’s post on what we’ve childishly rechristened the Beat-ham Tower, here’s a quick round up of other recent skyscraper developments.

Willis Building (125 m): Unless you work in or regularly visit the City, you might not even be aware that the City’s fourth tallest building has just topped out. The Willis Building, next to Lloyds on Lime Street, now stands at its full height, and funky cladding (we should get out more) is being added at a fair old pace.

Walkie-talkie (160 m): Or, more properly, 20 Fenchurch Street, but you can see where it gets its nickname. This just got planning permission, to the delight of many and the incredulous chagrin of others. The shape and location may jar, but the stunning public gardens in the ‘loft’ will be a superb addition to London. This might now start next year (but don’t bet on it).

Minerva (217 m): Remember the book-shaped tower that was going to be built near Aldgate? Well, it’s cancelled now, with developers opting for a rather snazzy low-rise design instead.

Broadgate Tower (165 m): They’re well into construction on this so-so tower for the North-East of the City. When completed in a little over a year, it will be the third tallest in the City (OK, New Yorkers, stop laughing at us), behind the Gherkin and Tower 42.

Last Updated 27 September 2006