Millbank Tower
Millbank Tower is a 118-metre (387 ft) high skyscraper in the City of Westminster at 21–24 Millbank, on the banks of the River Thames in London, in the United Kingdom. The Tower was constructed in 1963 for Vickers and was originally known as Vickers Tower. It was designed by Ronald Ward and Partners and built by John Mowlem & Co. It is a visible landmark in the London skyline, sitting beside the River Thames, half a mile upstream from the Palace of Westminster. The tower has been owned by David and Simon Reuben since 2002, while still being managed by its former owner Tishman Speyer Properties. As a Grade II listed building, Millbank's physical form will always be preserved, and its iconic status prevented from falling into the hands of redevelopers. The most famous resident in Millbank Tower's history was the Labour Party, although contrary to popular perception the Party never occupied any space in the tower itself. From 1995 the party rented two floors of the base at the south of the site for use as a general election campaign centre, including the ground floor which had a lecture theatre and meeting space which was used for press conferences. The Labour party ran its 1997 General Election campaign from there; after the election, the party vacated its headquarters at John Smith House, Walworth Road SE17 to move to Millbank. This use led to the term 'Millbank' becoming an allusion to strict political control and a concentration on spin. However, the £1 million per annum rent forced the party to vacate the tower in 2002 for 16 Old Queen Street. The United Nations also had offices in Millbank Tower, vacating in June 2003, also citing high rents. Another occupier was the Central Statistical Office (predecessor of the Office for National Statistics). Other floors in the tower are occupied by various organisations and commercial companies:
  • Altitude 360 London
  • The Parliamentary Ombudsman Commission.
  • Free software promotion company Canonical Ltd.
  • The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT)
  • The Local Government Ombudsman
  • Conservative Campaign Headquarters - the Conservative Party have had their campaign headquarters at 30 Millbank since 2006.
  • Salt and Pepper Private Food Design - event caterers.
  • The Ministry of Justice Records Management Service.
  • Lewis PR
The 2003 edition of the Pevsner architectural guide says that Millbank Tower is "one of the few London office towers to have won affection", and contrasts it with the "boxy structure" of the Shell Tower at Waterloo. The tower featured in the 1973 film, The Vault of Horror , in which several characters are trapped in a lift in the building. It was also used for the location filming of the Doctor Who serial The Invasion (Doctor Who) to represent the London offices of International Electromatics.


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