By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.


Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.


Absent friends


One of the ironies about the 'gherkin' winning the prize, lost on very few in the room on the night, was the absence of credits for key ex-Foster designers who worked on the project, particularly Ken Shuttleworth and Robin Partington. This is always one of those tricky situations, especially when former staff may well be in commercial competition with you for the next big office tower.

Virtually everyone else involved with the project got a mention from Norman, particularly Swiss Re's force-of-nature client representative, Sara Fox, and the City of London planning officer, Peter Rees. It was Rees who suggested a taller tower in order to cut back from the site boundary, thus providing some welcome public space.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters