St Botolph Building

St Botolph Building

Viewed from the South, standing in the Aldgate Gyratory system, with part of St Botolph’s church, Aldgate, visible to the right (April 2015)

General information

Status
Complete

Type
Office

Architectural style
Post-modern / High-tech

Location
London, EC3
United Kingdom

Completed
December 2010

Opened
2011

Cost
£195m estimated [1]

Height

Roof
59 metres (194 ft)

Technical details

Floor count
15

Floor area
49,238 m2 (529,990 sq ft)

Design and construction

Architect
Grimshaw Architects

Structural engineer
Arup

Website

www.stbb.co.uk

References

[2]

138 Houndsditch is an address on Houndsditch in London where the St Botolph Building is located. The commercial office, opened in January 2011, is designed by Grimshaw Architects.
It is one of a number of landmark buildings recently delivered or in development to the East of the Gherkin in the City of London ward of Aldgate, which together with the wards of Langbourn, Cornhill and Lime Street forms the centre of the UK insurance industry.
Two of the three main tenants are businesses with a substantial insurance broking component, which are therefore reliant on close proximity to the Lloyd’s building and the globally-significant London market in insurance contracts that focuses on Lloyd’s of London.[3]

Contents

1 History
2 The St Botolph Building
3 Tenancy
4 See also
5 References

History[edit]
The previous building occupying the majority of the site was a modern municipal-style [4] office block owned by the Post Office / British Telecom with some mixed-use street level retail units including banks, a betting shop and a Thai Restaurant.[5]
Planning permission was initially granted in 1999. Developers Minerva went on to submit two further plans for the site, including one for what would have been the City’s first million+ square foot skyscraper, also designed by Grimshaw Architects.[6] This tower was rejected, and the original permissions revived in 2006,[7] with some revisions.
The St Botolph Building[edit]
Designed by Grimshaw Architects and developed by Minerva plc with Skanska as main contractor, the Building is notable for the blue glass spandrels, pre-fabricated escape cores and a central atrium dominated by a steel structure on which a ThyssenKrupp “TWIN” lift system [8] runs 16 lifts on eight tracks, a rare solution in the UK. The building’s creative use of structural steel has been awarded by industry bodies.[9]
Grims