A look at London’s most iconic buildings

A look at London’s most iconic buildings

The City of London is home to some of the world's most striking modern architecture. From the City's tallest skyscraper, the Shard to the walkie talkie shaped 20 Fenchurch Street, architecture fans won't be disappointed with more ambitious structures constantly being built. In this blog, we take a look at a few of the most iconic buildings in the City – and the companies who helped to make them so.

The Shard

The Shard is home to prestigious offices, restaurants and hotel rooms - along with breathtaking views. Standing 309.6 metres above ground level, it was the tallest building in Europe as of July 2012 and the the highest viewing platform in the City.

Flexcrete, a leading independent manufacturer of technical mortars and high performance coatings, was chosen to construct the slipformed core for the Shard, using Flexcrete Monomix HD, an advanced class R4 structural mortar. The project contained almost 2,000 tonnes of reinforcement bar and 12,000m3 of concrete materials. You can read more HERE.

The Heron Tower

The Heron Tower (officially 110 Bishopsgate) is a commercial skyscraper in London. It stands 230 metres tall including its 28-metre mast, making it the tallest building in the City of London financial district and the third tallest in Greater London.

Boon Edam have provided a custom designed security entrance system with lift call integration, that complemented the design of the reception area. The company provided both the main entrance doors and the security access lanes for this multi-tenanted commercial building. You can read more about this project HERE.

The Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe (widely known informally as The Gherkin) is a commercial skyscraper in London's primary financial district, the City of London. With 41 storeys, it is 180 metres tall and stands on the former site of the Baltic Exchange, in St Mary Axe, the street from which the tower takes its name.

In this iconic building, The Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer helps maintain its image and reduce the, environmental impact, saving the building’s management spending over £40,000 every year on paper towels – which are expensive and carbon-intensive to manufacture. You can read more about the project HERE.

122 Leadenhall - "The Cheesegrater"

122 Leadenhall is a building of global firsts, boasting the world’s largest and fastest suite of panoramic lifts. But the real stunner is the design – nothing comparable has ever been attempted before.

KONE provided fully panoramic lifts for this building, a project which was one of the most challenging and rewarding for the company as the equipment is 100 percent visible from outside. You can read more about this challenging project HERE.

The Walkie Talkie

20 Fenchurch Street is a commercial skyscraper in London that takes its name from its address on Fenchurch Street, in the historic City of London financial district. It has been nicknamed 'The Walkie-Talkie' because of its distinctive shape. The distinctive shape also earned the building the questionable honour of winning the The Carbuncle Cup on BD Online, an award for the worst new building.

Due to design challenges, Sarnafil G410-12EL single ply from Sika provided the perfect solution to this design criteria of the roofing of the building, thanks to its excellent flexibility and weldabilty, while offering outstanding resistance to weathering, including permanent UV irradiation. You can read more about this HERE.


240 Blackfriars

240 Blackfriars Road is an attractive, 19-storey tower offering 11000 sq ft modern office floors with fantastic river views and excellent transport links. A BREEAM excellent building, 240 Blackfriars Road is located within London's Southbank, with excellent connectivity to the West End, City and Canary Wharf. It is also the home of UBM, Barbour Product Search’s parent company, as well as the Building Magazine, and BD Online.

Boon Edam have provided a custom designed entrance and security system, to complement the design of the reception area at 240 Blackfriars Road. Two all glass Crystal Tournikets were incorporated into the fully glass facade of the building, complementing the transparent design. You can read more about the project HERE.

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