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19
Dec

The top 20 tallest buildings in the UK

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1. The Shard

The Shard - one of the tallest buildings in the UK. 

Nickname: London Bridge Tower

City: London

Location: London Bridge

Height: 310m

Number of floors: 95

Year completed: 2012

Completed in 2012, The Shard towers over all other buildings in the UK, a whopping 75m taller than the next tallest building; One Canary Wharf. As well as being the tallest building in the UK, it is also the tallest building in the EU, and the 96th tallest building in the world. As a primarily commercial structure, it is home to 31 private companies from a variety of sectors, including media, beverages, jewellery, marketing, and more. The viewing deck at the top of the structure is open to the public, and offers unrivalled views across the capital.

 

 
 
 

2. One Canada Square

One Canada Square - one of the tallest buildings in the UK. 

Nickname: Canary Wharf Tower

City: London

Location: Canary Wharf

Height: 235m

Number of floors: 50

Year completed: 1991

One of the UK’s most iconic skyscrapers, One Canada Square is famed – among other things – for its appearance in the title credits of the British reality TV show ‘The Apprentice’. At the time of its construction in 1991, it was the tallest building in the United Kingdom, a status it retained until The Shard was completed in 2012. The building’s iconic pyramid pinnacle is unusual for UK architecture, in that it contains a flashing aircraft warning light. It is home to a wide range of businesses from the private sector.

 

3. 110 Bishopsgate

Heron Tower - one of the tallest buildings in the UK. 

Nickname: Heron Tower

City: London

Location: City of London

Height: 230m

Number of floors: 46

Year completed: 2010

Located a stone’s throw away from Liverpool Street Station, Heron Tower is the tallest building in the City of London. The tower is home to a wide variety of private sector businesses, including Salesforce, a number of law firms, a recruitment firm, and many more. There is also a bar at the top of the tower, which is open to the public.

 

4. Leadenhall Building

The Cheesegrater - one of the tallest buildings in the UK.

Nickname: The Cheesegrater

City: London

Location: City of London

Height: 225m

Number of floors: 48

Year completed: 2014

The second tallest building in the City of London, this commanding structure is a commercial property, home to various financial businesses including insurance giants AON. Nestled right in the centre of the City of London, it is one of the most recognizable structures in London’s financial district. Its wedge shape has led to it being nicknamed the Cheesegrater.

 

5. (tied) 8 Canada Square

8 Canada Square - one of the tallest buildings in the UK. 

Nickname: HSBC Tower

City: London

Location: Canary Wharf

Height: 200m

Number of floors: 45

Year completed: 2002

8 Canada Square was completed in 2002, as the new home for HSBC’s global headquarters. The building was designed by Norman Foster, the architect behind the Gherkin, and other incredible London works of architecture, including the British Museum concourse, the Millennium Bridge, and the new Wembley Stadium. It is the second tallest building in Canary Wharf.

 

 

5. (tied)  25 Canada Square

25 Canada Square - one of the tallest buildings in the UK. 

Nickname: Citigroup Centre

City: London

Location: Canary Wharf

Height: 200m

Number of floors: 45

Year completed: 2001

25 Canada Square is a building that makes up part of the Citigroup Complex along with 33 Canada Square. The complex is home to investment bank Citigroup’s European, Middle East, and African operations, as well as a host of other private and public companies. Construction began in 1998, and finished in 2001.

 

7. Tower 42

Tower 42 - one of the tallest buildings in the UK. 

Nickname: Formerly known as NatWest Tower

City: London

Location: City of London

Height: 183m

Number of floors: 47

Year completed: 1980

Tower 42 is one of many London skyscrapers designed by the late, great Richard Seifert. The third tallest building in the City of London, it was once wholly owned by banking giant NatWest. However, following an IRA terrorist attack and subsequent heavy repairs in the 1990s, NatWest sold the building. It is now occupied by a vast array of businesses, primarily in the financial sector.

 

8. St George Wharf Tower

Vauxhall Tower - one of the tallest buildings in the UK. 

Nickname: Vauxhall Tower

City: London

Location: Vauxhall

Height: 181m

Number of floors: 52

Year completed: 2014

St George’s Wharf, a residential building in Vauxhall, South London was completed in 2014. The cylindrical floor plan on each floor is divided into five apartments from the centre, with each flat shaped like a wedge or pizza slice. The building features business amenities, a gym, a spa, and a swimming pool, as well as a sky garden for residents to enjoy.

 

9. 30 St Mary Axe

The Gherkin - one of the tallest buildings in the UK. 

Nickname: The Gherkin

City: London

Location: City of London

Height: 180m

Number of floors: 41

Year completed: 2003

The Gherkin’s distinctive cylindrical style makes it one of the most iconic buildings in the London skyline. The design of the building was a joint venture between Norman Foster and the Arup Group. The commercial building is occupied by a wide variety of private sector businesses, and is heavily dominated by companies in the financial sector.

 

10. BT Tower (London)

 BT Tower London - one of the tallest buildings in the UK.

Nickname: Formerly called the GPO Tower, the Post Office Tower, and the Telecom Tower

City: London

Location: Fitzrovia

Height: 177m

Number of floors:  37

Year completed: 1964

 

Fitzrovia’s BT Tower was – at the time of completion – the tallest building in Britain, supplanting the 118m Millbank Tower as the UK’s biggest. Visible from many parts of Central London, it was originally designed to be just 111m, but the overall height was increased during the building process. There is a viewing gallery, restaurant, and souvenir shop at the top of the building.

 

 

11. Beetham Tower

Beetham Tower - one of the tallest buildings in the UK. 

Nickname: The Hilton Tower

City: Manchester

Location: Deansgate

Height: 169m

Number of floors: 47

Year completed: 2006

The Beetham Tower in Manchester is the tallest building in Britain’s second city, and the tallest in the UK outside of London. It is distinctive in shape, being wider at the top than it is at the bottom; an unusual architectural feature for a building in Britain. It is also notable for being one of the thinnest skyscrapers in the world. The tower has multiple uses, featuring residential space, office space, and a hotel.

 

12. Broadgate Tower

 Broadgate Tower - one of the tallest buildings in the UK.

Nickname: None

City: London

Location: The City of London

Height: 161m

Number of floors: 33

Year completed: 2009

Home to various private companies, Broadgate Tower is located in the City of London. The distinctive architectural style, featuring criss crossed beaming over the windows, gives it a similar appearance to the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong. The building was designed by design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, a company that occupy part of the tower to this day.

 

13. 20 Fenchurch Street

20 Fenchurch Street - one of the tallest buildings in the UK. 

Nickname: The Walkie Talkie

City: London

Location: The City of London

Height: 160m

Number of floors: 34

Year completed: 2014

The uniquely nicknamed Walkie Talkie is located in the City of London. The tower was originally supposed to be nearly 200m tall, but its height was reduced following fears that it would block views of the Tower of London and St Paul’s. The building is leased by various insurance and finance companies, and features a viewing deck on the top floors that is open to the public.

 

14. One Churchill Place

One Churchill Place - one of the tallest buildings in the UK. 

Nickname: None

City: London

Location: Canary Wharf

Height: 156m

Number of floors: 32

Year completed: 2004

The headquarters of Barclays Bank, One Churchill Place was completed in 2004. It was commissioned in the mid-noughties when Barclays decided to move its centre of operations from the City of London to Canary Wharf, which was cementing its reputation as a major business hub at the time. While Barclays use the vast majority of the building, three floors are leased to another private company.

 

15. (tied)  40 Bank Street

40 Bank Street - one of the tallest buildings in the UK. 

Nickname: None

City: London

Location: Canary Wharf

Height: 153m

Number of floors: 33

Year completed: 2003

40 Bank Street is a commercial building in Canary Wharf, East London. It houses a number of different businesses, including JLL, Royal Dutch Shell, and St. James’s Place. It was built in conjunction with 25 Bank Street, and therefore has the same specifications.

 

15. (tied) 25 Bank Street

25 Bank Street - one of the tallest buildings in the UK. 

Nickname: None

City: London

Location: Canary Wharf

Height: 153m

Number of floors: 33

Year completed: 2003

25 Bank Street is a commercial building in Canary Wharf, East London. It currently houses the European HQ of investment bank JP Morgan. It was previously home to Lehman Brothers, who used the building from when it opened, until the firm went bankrupt in 2008. It was built in conjunction with 40 Bank Street, and therefore has the same specifications.

 

17. BT Tower (Birmingham)

BT Tower Birmingham - one of the tallest buildings in the UK. 

Nickname: Formerly known as the Post Office Tower and the GPO Tower

City: Birmingham

Location: City centre

Height: 152m

Number of floors: 31

Year completed: 1966

Birmingham’s BT Tower is a telecommunications tower that also houses office space for BT workers. It is the tallest building not only in Birmingham, but in the entirety of the Midlands. When construction was completed in 1966, it was one of the tallest structures in the country, beaten only by a similar BT Tower in Central London.

 

18. (tied) South Bank Tower

 South Bank Tower - one of the tallest buildings in the UK.

Nickname: Formerly known as King’s Reach Tower

City: London

Location: Southwark

Height: 151m

Number of floors: 41

Year completed: 1972 (Extended in 2015)

South Bank Tower is a luxury residential building in Central London, with apartments that can cost millions of pounds to purchase outright. The building was designed by architect Richard Seifert, responsible for a number of skyscrapers across Central London, and other urban centres across the rest of the UK. However, it underwent an extension in 2015, increasing its height from 111m to 151m, securing it a spot in the top 20 tallest UK buildings.

 

18. (tied) 10 Upper Bank Street

10 Upper Bank Street - one of the tallest buildings in the UK.

Nickname: None

City: London

Location: Canary Wharf

Height: 151m

Number of floors: 32

Year completed: 2003

 

10 Upper Bank Street is a commercial skyscraper located in Canary Wharf, London. It was designed by American architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, which has designed skyscrapers for cities across the world, including Shanghai, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Paris, and more. The building is mostly home to law firm Clifford Chance – one of the UK’s ‘Magic Circle’ law firms, though a number of other companies take up the remaining space.

 

20. Arena Tower

Arena Tower - one of the tallest buildings in the UK. 

Nickname: Formerly known as Baltimore Tower

City: London

Location: Isle of Dogs

Height: 150m

Number of floors: 45

Year completed: 2016

Arena Tower is a residential skyscraper located on the Isle of Dogs in London’s East End. Designed by American architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the building is comprised of a number of asymmetrical rings, one for each of its 45 floors. The building’s architecture is ‘twisted,’ a design style that has become common across the world in recent years.

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