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The Willis Building, 51 Lime St, London with Lloyds Building to left and The Gherkin behind

The Willis Building, 51 Lime St, London

The Willis Building, 51 Lime St, London

The Willis Building, 51 Lime St, and Fenchurch Avenue Building, London

Fenchurch Avenue Building (FAB) with Willis Building behind

Fenchurch Avenue Building, London

The Willis Building, 51 Lime St, London

 

The Willis Building, 51 Lime St, London


At 125m high, the 29 storey stepped skyscraper of the Willis Building adjacent to the Lloyds Building in the heart of London’s financial district, is the fourth tallest building in the City, and features a striking unitised curtain wall by Mero-Schmidlin.

Designed as a stepped 29 storey (125m) three level tower with roof terraces at the 16th (67m) and 23rd (97m) floors, the building offers 475,000m of high quality office space which has been pre-let as the headquarters of worldwide insurance giant Willis.

With a huge Concave West facade, and Convex North, East and West elevations, the striking interlocking towers have been designed to resemble the interlocking shell of a prawn.

Located opposite the Lloyds Building in the heart of the city, the Willis Building stands close to a number of other Schmidlin curtain wall clad towers of ‘The Gherkin’ at 30 St Mary’s Axe, and Tower 42, formerly the Natwest Tower.

In order to manage the solar gain of the building, the East and West facades are comprised of an all glass structural silicone unitsed glazing system, whilst the North and South facades are comprised of a glass and stainless steel panel sawtooth profile. Although originally designed for the 2002 Part L building regulations, the building also complies to the later and more stringent 2006 regulations.

Adjacent to the towering Willis Building at the Biliter St end of the site, is the smaller 10 storey Fenchurch Avenue Building (FAB) which is clad in the same curtain walling systems to match it’s taller sibling, which the profiles of the two buildings enabled the ground level space to be landscaped to provide an open plaza space for the public to enjoy.

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Project Title:
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The Willis Building, 51 Lime St, London
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_ Scope of Works: Design, manufacture and installation of Unitised Curtain Walling to the Willis Building and adjacent Fenchurch Avenue Building.
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_ Cladding Details:

22,000m external curtain walling cladding comprising: Externally ventilated double skin Thermally broken aluminium framed double glazing with adjoining solid panels Structural Silicone Double Glazing with cantilevered outer pane and fritted glass Unitised single laminated glazing Aluminium framed stick system SSG Solid ribbed finish stainless steel cladding to overlap areas and ‘wingtips’ intergrating into surrounding cladding systems
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_ Year of Completion: 2007
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_ Client: British Land Company Plc and Stanhope Properties Plc
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MERO UK Architect: Foster and Partners
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_ Construction Manager: Mace Ltd
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