99 BishopsgateEdit profile
99 Bishopsgate is a skyscraper in the City of London. It is 104 metres (341 ft) tall and has 25 office floors, with a total net letable floor space of circa 30,000 square metres (322,900 sq ft). There are a further three plant floors at levels LG, 14 and 27. The original core and steelwork was completed in 1976. At the time, it had the fastest lifts ( elevators) in Europe, running at up to 6.5 m/s. The building was occupied solely by the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation until they moved to 8 Canada Square in Canary Wharf. 99 Bishopsgate was extensively damaged by an IRA truck bomb in April 1993, which also damaged the neighbouring Tower 42. The building was fully refurbished over a period of 14 months, which resulted in substantially improved cladding - arguably one of the best in the City - and a façade overrun which increased its overall height slightly. Larger, open plan floorplates were also created. It re-opened in mid-1995 as a multi-let office tower and is currently owned (leasehold) by Hammerson and managed by CBRE. It is occupied by both the legal and investment banking sectors. Current occupiers include: CRA International, Deutsche Bank, Latham & Watkins, Universities Superannuation Scheme, and the Korea Development Bank. CBRE has produced an Energy Performance Certificate for 99 Bishopsgate which has resulted in a C rating for the building. The factors that influenced the rating are the impact of specifying energy efficient plant and equipment during refits and the good standard of building-related information made available for the purposes of EPC calculation. Considering the age of the building a C rating is impressive. In July 2009, 99 Bishopsgate was overtaken in height by Heron Tower, located nearby.