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Report - Lloyds Building -- London -- March 2012


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The Lloyds Building

•It was designed by architect Richard Rogers and built between 1978 and 1986. Bovis was the management contractor for the scheme.[2] Like the Pompidou Centre (designed by Renzo Piano and Rogers), the building was innovative in having its services such as staircases, lifts, electrical power conduits and water pipes on the outside, leaving an uncluttered space inside. The twelve glass lifts were the first of their kind in the UK. It is important to note that (like the Pompidou Centre) this building was highly influenced by the work of Archigram in the 1950s and 1960s (see Plug-in City by Archigram for an example).

The building consists of three main towers and three service towers around a central, rectangular space. Its focal point is the large Underwriting Room on the ground floor, which houses the famous Lutine Bell. The Underwriting Room (often simply known as the Room) is overlooked by galleries, forming a 60 metres (197 ft) high atrium lit naturally through a huge barrel-vaulted glass roof. The first four galleries open onto the atrium space, and are connected by escalators through the middle of the structure. The higher floors are glassed-in, and can only be reached via the outside lifts.

•The 11th floor houses the Committee Room, an 18th century dining-room designed for the 2nd Earl of Shelburne by Robert Adam in 1763; it was transferred piece-by-piece from the previous (1958) Lloyd's building across the road.

•The first Lloyd's building (at 12 Leadenhall Street) was built on this site in 1928. In 1958, due to expansion, a new building was constructed across the road at 51 Lime Street. In 1978, again due to the prospect of overcrowding, Lloyd's commissioned Richard Rogers to redevelop the site and the original 1928 building was demolished to make way for the present one which was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1986. However, its entrance at 12 Leadenhall Street was preserved, and forms a rather incongruous attachment to the 1986 structure. Demolition of the 1958 building commenced in 2004 to make way for the Willis Building, a new 26-storey tower and ten-storey building.

•The Lloyd's building is 88 metres (289 ft) to the roof, with 14 floors.[3] On top of each service core stand the cleaning cranes pushing the height to 95.10 metres (312 ft). Modular in plan, each floor can be altered with the addition or removal of partitions and walls.

•In 2008, The Twentieth Century Society called for the building to be Grade I listed[4] and in 2011 it was granted this status.[5]

•The building is owned by Dublin-based real estate firm Shelbourne Development Group, who purchased the building in 2004 from a German investment bank.[6]

The Lloyds building. A previous lead that is more than likely on most of the London explorers radar by now. Sections of the building have been scaffed for a fair amount of time now but its location and nature of the building meant it was never going to be a simple rock up with no recce and get to the roof within the same hour. Oli had reccy'd a few times prior and myself twice. Armed with the little bit of knowledge we had Oli, Andrew, Katie and myself headed over to give it a final look before going for it. When we got there quite a bit had changed and there where a few new sections of scaff...

Still not deterred and charged with a determined approach we planned out our route and 40 minutes later managed to get in

From here it was pretty much straightforward up the scaff stairs tiptoeing as lightly as possible and as swiftly as possible past 10+ floors of live offices with clear glass floor to ceiling windows. Good job it wasn't Monday morning!

The roof didn't disappoint and likewise with many of LDN's rooftops its never always about the height. Location, Features, History and prominence in the London skyline also play a huge role. It genuinely is an amazing roof and I have a lot of respect for Richard Rogers for breaking the mould and designing something different and Fresh. These are the characteristics an iconic London Landmark should posses!

Massive thanks to Oli, Katei and Andrew for the company. It was pretty special. Shit pictures but good times and a nice memory :p:





Big respect to this guy as well. The things he is climbing that look like ladder-esque are the flimsiest things you've ever touched.​


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