Skyscraper Update: The Pinnacle Still A Big Hole On Bishopsgate

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Skyscraper Update: The Pinnacle Still A Big Hole On Bishopsgate
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How the Pinnacle will look when complete.
How the Pinnacle will look when complete.

Yesterday we looked at the very obvious Heron Tower, now beginning to dominate the City skyline. Walk a few paces south and you come to the site of another nascent 'scraper. The Pinnacle, popularly referred to as the Helter Skelter, will be taller even than the Heron, reaching 288 metres (some 50 metres higher than 1 Canada Square).

But today it's one very big hole in the ground. A VERY big hole in the ground. This mutha needs deep foundations. The digging and demolishing have lasted a couple of years, including the deepest piles ever driven into British soil. Further preparation work, including basement construction and concrete pouring are expected over the coming months, with the core beginning to rise at some point next year (roughly where the nearest yellow digger is in the main shot). The tower should be complete by the end of 2012.

Tomorrow, we'll take a quick look at the Shard at London Bridge - soon to be the UK's tallest building - as it begins to rise above the Southwark skies.

Last Updated 29 December 2009