Multiplex has completed the construction of a £500m building at the 22 Bishopgate. This new construction comprising the tallest building in the City of London is described as ‘Europe’s first vertical village’ started in January 2017.
It was started on the foundations of the stalled Pinnacle project. The firm has now handed over the building to the developers and the new occupants, including insurance companies Axa and Hiscox.
The occupancy is set to start during the first half of 2021. Built on 278-metres (912 ft), this high building provides 1,275 million sq ft of workspace. It is the tallest building in the City of London and the second tallest across the capital.
Southwark having Shard stands higher at 310 metres (1,016 ft) and is known to be the tallest building. Besides, the second tallest building at 22 Bishopsgate comprises a steel-framed tower with a central supporting concrete core.
The tallest building at Square Mile is designed by PLP Architecture and uses the closed cavity façade (CCF) curtain wall system. This CCF system enables the building to have clear glazing and good thermal properties.
AXA IM-Real Assets has led the project on behalf of a consortium of investors, in conjunction with Lipton Rogers Developments. New innovations and technologies have been implemented to build the tallest building at 22 Bishopsgate.
The construction includes 52 double-decker lifts (of 60 in total) which can travel at 30 km/h and will be the fastest in London. There’s an app-based entry and security system which is brought into usage.
The new security system allows residents to one-click registration and touch less access to the building. This is by using NFC or QR technology or (opt-in) facial recognition system. All the technology and systems of the building operate over a converged network.