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Tower 42

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Richard Seifert, GMW
location London
function office
contributed by davidb

For many years the 183m-tall Nat West Tower (as it was originally known) was probably the tallest and most iconic tower in the City of London. It shares honours with Centre Point as one of Seifert's most striking additions to the city's skyline. It was originally designed as the HQ of the National Westminster Bank. The floor plan bears a striking resemblance to the bank's logo, and there is some debate as to which came first. All the floor plates cantilever from the massive central core. This means that the useable floor space is an irregularly shaped perimeter ribbon. In most structures of this age, this poor space efficiency would normally lead to demolition, but this was calculated to be too dificult and too costly. So in 1993, following terrorist bomb damage, the building was refurbished by GMW, who also added a glazed three-storey entrance lobby at the base. At the same time the building was rebranded as Tower 42.

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Tower 42
Old Broad Street 25
United Kingdom
Project is not public!
How to get there? The nearest tube stations are Liverpool Street (Hammersmith & City, Circle, Metropolitan and Central Lines) and Bank (Central, Northern Line City Branch, Waterloo and City lines and Docklands Light Railway).
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Completion 1981
Main designer, ArchitectRichard Seifert
Architect, Interior architectGMW
Client National Westminster Bank
Project ID 4245
Latitude/Longitude 51°30'56N 00°05'01W
Contributed by davidb
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