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Video: exploring RSHP's Leadenhall building

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Take a tour inside Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partner’s (RSHP) 122 Leadenhall building - the practice’s new home.

Launched today, the film ties in with the announcement that RSHP had signed the deal to move into the skyscraper - known as the Cheesegrater - which the firm was commissioned to design in 2001.

RSHP has taken 1,670m² office on floor 14 of the building, which was the largest floor left available to let, and will relocate from their current home at Thames Wharf Studios, Hammersmith, is taking a 15 year lease with 10 year break

The design team, led by Partner Graham Stirk, conceived the building’s distinctive slanting profile to respect a protected sight line of St Paul’s Cathedral from Fleet Street.

Standing at 224m tall, the Leadenhall building is one of the tallest in London and sits directly opposite RSHP’s distinctive Lloyd’s of London headquarters building.

The distinctive shape of the building comes from planning requirements which stipulated that the building could not interfere with views of St Pauls from the Fleet Street (outside the historic Cheshire Cheese pub to be precise).

The solution was to design a sloping facade which tapered back as the building rose to its full height.

Due to the compression and loading on the building it had to be constructed slightly off-vertical so that it would ‘settle’ into it’s current form.

The office building in the City of London was developed by British Land and Oxford Properties.

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