Heron Tower

Heron Tower, also referred to as 110 Bishopsgate, is a skyscraper and currently the tallest building in the centre of London's main financial district, the City of London, although a number of other buildings are under construction which will surpass it. Upon its final completion will stand 230 metres tall including its 28 metre mast or 202 metres (663 ft) excluding the mast. Having topped out at 202m, with just the spire left to install and the cladding to be finished before external completion, Heron Tower is now the second tallest building in the United Kingdom after 1 Canada Square, being two metres higher than the 200m 8 Canada Square and 25 Canada Square skyscrapers.

Originally, the height of the tower was planned to be 183-metre (600 ft), identical to that of the City's then tallest building, Tower 42. The building attracted controversy when first announced, due to its proximity to St Paul's Cathedral when viewed from Waterloo Bridge. English Heritage was the most vocal of the groups expressing concerns. A public inquiry was subsequently held, the outcome of which was decided by the then Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, who ruled in the developers' favour. The tower was given final approval in July 2002.

Three years later, the project had yet to begin construction. In September 2005 the Heron Property Corporation submitted a planning application to increase the height of its approved tower. Heron's revised plans, drawn up by architect Kohn Pedersen Fox, now proposed a 202-metre (663 ft) tall tower topped by a 28-metre (92 ft) mast, giving it a 230-metre (755 ft) total height. Although the design was largely identical to the previous scheme, the tower's crown and southern façades were refined to give the building a more elegant profile. This was approved by the City of London Corporation in January 2006.

According to Gerald Ronson, Chief Executive of the developer Heron International, Heron Tower will be the first "six-star" office development in the City. It will feature a concierge-style entrance and reception area, incorporating a 70,000 litre aquarium with a shark and 1,300 other fish.

Sustainability is high on the design agenda for Heron Tower - it utilises photovoltaic cells to generate renewable energy. The building achieved a BREEAM rating of 'Excellent' in January 2010.

Heron Tower will host a Restaurant & Sky Bar on the top three floors - 175m above Bishopsgate. The restaurant will have "unparalleled views across the City and beyond".

Heron Tower will form the centrepiece of Heron International's Heron Plaza development on the 110 Bishopsgate site, incorporating new public spaces and a network of squares and gardens. In July 2009, Heron International confirmed that it had signed heads of terms with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to develop a mixed-use project as a component of Heron Plaza.

In March 2007, it was confirmed that Heron had signed a funding deal with the State General Reserve Fund of the Sultanate of Oman and Strategic Real Estate Investment Advisers to provide the equity for the development. Following the appointment of Skanska, the firm that had erected the Gherkin , as main contractor, works began on site in mid 2007.

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