After over a year of digging, prepping and foundation-making, the Scalpel skyscraper is starting to grow. Unlike many other buildings with silly names (Cheesegrater, Walkie Talkie, Mayor's Glass Testicle...) The Scalpel is an official name. Why? Because it looks all sharp and cutty.
The new office tower, designed by Kohn Pederson Fox, stands right in the heart of the cluster that includes the Cheesegrater and Gherkin, alongside the Lloyds and Willis buildings. It's also a whopper. At 190 metres tall, it'll loom 10 metres over than the gherkin like an encroaching picnic knife.
As can be seen in the image above, the Scalpel's profile leans backwards, and away from the Cheesegrater. This not only preserves the protected view of St Paul's dome from Fleet Street, it also has the appearance of a giant two-fingers-in-the-air when seen from the rival business centre of Canary Wharf.
The structure, centred on Lime Street, will also help bridge the gap in the skyline between the main City cluster and the sore-thumb of the Walkie Talkie.
The concrete core has only just begun to rise, but completion is scheduled for sometime next year.
Images via the Scalpel official website.