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Scapel Skyscraper Approved

City of London planners have approved the planned skyscraper at 52-54
Lime Street which when built will be the new headquarters for WR
Berkley.

The 58,000 square metre skyscraper will have 39 floors and rise to a
height of 192.1 metres above ground level. Designed by Kohn Pedersen
Fox Associates it will stand next to the Willis Building and Lloyds of
London overlooking St Helens on a key corner position.

Covered entirely in a glass skin with a sharp shape that tapers from a
2,000 square metre floor-plate at the bottom to 900 square metres at the
top, the building has been nicknamed the Scapel. To reduce solar gain,
the architect has set the core on the southern side, whilst at the bottom
there will be a new public piazza approximately a quarter of an acre in
size. Fronting on to this will be a coffee shop inspired by the original
Lloyds coffee shop that gave rise to the insurance business in this part of
London.

Work on site is due to begin later this year with the scheme set for
completion in 2017. Once completed it will be the latest in a long line of
towers occupied by leading insurance companies within a stone's throw
that include most notably the under construction Leadenhall Building,
and the Gherkin.

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52-54 Lime Street

52-54 Lime Street
52-54 Lime Street, London
52-54 Lime Street, London