Heron Tower, the skyscraper under construction at 110 Bishopsgate, London has been granted an ‘Excellent’ rating by BREEAM, the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. The BREEAM is used in various forms around the world to assess the sustainability of commercial and other buildings.
Situated controversially close to St Paul’s Cathedral, construction of Heron Tower began in 2007. The finished building will rise to a height of 230 metres, with 46 floors, making it the capital’s tallest building for a time, before the completion of the 310-metre Shard in 2012. It will hold 439,552 square feet of prime office space on 36 floors. The building will accommodate a bar and restaurant on the top three floors.
Photovoltaic cells will generate clean power for the offices, and are built into the exterior glazing, helping to reduce the building’s heat gain by almost half.
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