Last week, I donned my hard hat for a trip up the skeleton of the new kid of the London skyline, the bulbous 20 Fenchurch Street with ‘more up top’. The new 38 floor skyscraper, already affectionately known as ‘The Walkie Talkie’, is set to open in 2014 and will be packed full of lovely new offices of various sizes (19% of space has been pre-let). However, unless you’re planning on relocating your business to greater heights, I don’t expect this aspect to be of great interest to you. Instead, we’re most excited about what will be happening on those crowning floors: the Skygarden. It’s yet to be confirmed exactly what will be in the huge glass atrium apart from some plants and a still-to-be-decided restaurant, but, unlike the Shard, we do know that it will be free to go up and take in the view. And it is quite a view. The core of the building is already built, with the rest of architect Rafael Viñoly’s curvy shape rapidly developing around it.
Here are a few snaps from our peek around the site and ascent up the tower:
The view from across the marketing suite road. The building looks possibly less like a walkie talkie and more like its other nickname, ‘The Pint’. Or maybe we are just thirsty.
Not a straight line in sight (ok, well maybe a few, but it is defo on the wonk).
Watch your step.
The lower floors are already clad.
Just don’t look down. Or was that up?
There’s a great view from the Shard from down the bottom…
…and again at floor 17.
Not such a great view from the top yet though as most of it is obscured by pesky building work.
In fact, it is so close to the Shard that we reckon there should be a zip wire between them.
There are currently 3 cranes up on the very top working their magic.
We heard there have been 98mph winds measured at the top! Luckily, it was only just mildly breezy on that day.
Queen of the world! Not quite. The Gherkin is actually taller (standing at 41 floors high), although it did feel like we were looking down on it. Mwah ha ha *evil genius cackle*
Oh London, you look lovely!
Excited? We are. Sonya Barber
Find out more at 20fenchurchstreet.co.uk.