20 Fenchurch Street
When I received an invitation to attend the first ever media visit to the top of 20 Fenchurch, the latest soon to be iconic skyscraper to spring up in the City of London how could I resist. 20 Fenchurch Street or the Walkie-Talkie as it has already been nicknamed will feature 38 storeys, rise to 177 metres above ground level and have an internal area of 680,000 square feet, which means it is big!
The Walkie-Talkie was designed by the architect Rafael Viñoly and is or I should say will become one of the more visually stimulating modern tower buildings in London when completed. What makes 20 Fenchurch stand out from the crowd is its top heavy design. The building spreads out as it rises up – from 14,000 square feet to 28,000 square feet.
The highlight of the building will undoubtedly be the Sky Garden offering 360-degree views and a viewing deck located on the top floor, and the good news they will be open to the public. Don’t get too excited just yet… it wont be complete until the later part of 2014.
During the media visit which was courtesy of the developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group Plc we enjoyed a fascinating insight into the creation of the Walkie-Talkie from people heavily involved in the project. They were Cormac McCrann (Construction Director of Canary Wharf Contractors), Kaela Fenn-Smith (Leasing Director at Land Securities) and Richard Lines (Project Director for 20 Fenchurch Street).
20 Fenchurch Street Media Visit In Pictures
CGI of what 20 Fenchurch Street will look like when it is completed.
Office space at 20 Fenchurch Street is filling up quickly with 19% of office space already let.
Hopefully when the Walkie-Talkie is finished it will resemble the CGI image and if it does it will be a welcome addition to the London skyline!