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STRUCTURAL EXPRESSIONISM

The Leadenhall Building is a building of world firsts, boasting the world’s largest and fastest suite of panoramic lifts. But the real stunner is the mold-breaking design – nothing comparable has ever been attempted before.

Description

The Leadenhall Building is an iconic addition to the London skyline. Designed by Graham Stirk of world-acclaimed architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the 45-storey skyscraper is the second tallest building in the Square Mile financial district, with 57,000 square metres of office space providing spectacular views across the Thames River and beyond.

  • #Elevators
  • #Escalators & Autowalks
  • #Europe
  • #New equipment
  • #Office
  • #People flow intelligence

Building facts

  • Completed: 2014
  • Height: 224 m
  • Floors: 45
  • Maximum speed: 8 m/s
  • Total floor area: 111,484 sqm
  • Building owner: British Land and Oxfort Properties
  • Developer: British Land and Oxfort Properties
  • Architect: Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Contractor: Laing O'Rourke

KONE solutions

  • 24 KONE MiniSpace™ scenic lifts
  • 2 KONE MiniSpace™ lifts
  • 6 KONE TransitMasters™ 120 escalators
  • 2 customised platform lifts
  • KONE Polaris® destination control system
  • KONE E-Link™ monitoring system
CHALLENGESSOLUTIONS
  • To create a one-off lift concept that is visually and technically integrated with the architect’s uncompromising vision
  • To provide smooth transition between low-, mid- and high-rise lift groups
  • To oversee the challenging installation of the scenic cars, which had to be installed in one piece and delivered along a tight corridor
  • Successful technical and architectural integration was achieved during two years of intensive collaboration with the contractor and architects
  • All three lift groups adhere to a common design principle, with a unique brightly colored sling
  • As the building has no concrete core, all wiring is concealed in the back wall and floor units, achieving a clean, minimalistic effect
  • Special destination control software provides smooth automatic transfer at the push of a single button