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Heron Tower

Heron Tower

Creating the City’s tallest building



Value: £242 million
Floor area: 700,000 ft2 over 49 floors
Finish: Category A
Height: 202m (communications mast at 230m)
Client: Heron Corporation

Reaching above the City’s skyline, Heron Tower is an iconic addition to the City of London.

The southern elevation incorporates photovoltaic cells cooled by recycled air to reduce energy consumption, and is clad in stainless steel to provide natural ventilation to the east and west facades.

A computer-controlled, double-decker lift carries up to 3,000 people every day. In addition to 36 floors of office space, there are three concourse levels and three basements, as well as public restaurant and conference facilities for visitors.
The Gherkin

The ‘Gherkin’

A global icon



Value: £134 million
Floor area: 515,000 ft2 over 41 floors
Finish: Category A
Height: 180 metres
Client: Swiss Re Insurance


Gazing across London’s skyline, you can’t miss the Gherkin – a building that has become synonymous with Skanska’s design and build expertise.

Officially known as 30 St Mary Axe, the skyscraper has 360° panoramic views.

The building includes a sheltered retail arcade of cafes, restaurants and shops surrounding the main entrance lobby, which rises over four storeys high.

The lobby provides spectacular views through a glass ceiling into the base of the atrium above. Each floor has six ‘fingers’ radiating from a central core.

The building is designed to maximise the amount of daylight that reaches the interior. The design also encourages natural air circulation, reducing the need for air conditioning.