Rising 1016 ft into the air, Renzo Piano’s spire at London Bridge is set to become an instantly recognisable symbol for London.
Southwark has been comfortable with change and innovation for nearly a thousand years. It has provided a gateway to the City of London since the beginning of its existence. Southwark Cathedral and the internationally renowned Guys’ Hospital are just two of the striking legacies of the borough’s rich history.
This is the context in which London Bridge Tower is now being considered. London Bridge Tower will be a landmark for Southwark and London: a focus for regeneration across the borough’s wards, businesses and homes; a provider of local jobs and training and a real contributor to wealth generation for the people who live and work in Southwark.
London Bridge Tower, designed by the internationally acclaimed architect, Renzo Piano will be developed by Sellar Property Group: a world class design and a visionary development.
The Public Piazza
Simply walking past London Bridge Tower will be an experience. This will be a truly vibrant contemporary urban environment made of granite, glass and steel, and incorporating opportunities for public works of art.
London Bridge is fundamentally a transport interchange and the environment has been designed with the pace of “through traffic” specifically in mind. At rush hour commuters could see breaking news on large electronic screens. In the evenings and at night, the displays will present slow moving images providing an environment that can be appreciated at leisure.
The Mid Level Piazza
From the ground, visitors can access either of the two ‘piazzas in the sky’. The middle level piazza is the largest taking up 3 full levels of the building. The views offered from the middle level galleries would be as spectacular as those enjoyed from the London Eye.
The middle level galleries are an opportunity for education and entertainment, using the latest in virtual reality and associated media. The theme of these galleries could be ‘London – Past, Present and Future’. State of the art computerised animation could allow the visitor to experience, in virtual reality, the sites, sounds and smells of London in the past and in the future.
The High Level Galleries
The highest observation gallery is at 735ft on the 65th floor and provides formidable views over London. As well as providing an impressive observation platform, the high level galleries will provide quiet places of contemplation. It is hoped to reserve the very top level as a religious/ecumenical centre available to an array of the world’s religions in the observance of their creed. This space will be dedicated to unity amongst the people and religions of the world.
Getting around the building
A total of 39 lifts and 12 escalators serve London Bridge Tower. Eleven double-decker lifts take office workers up as far as the 35th floor. Additional high speed double-decker lifts take the public up to the mid-level piazza and then on up to the high-level viewing gallery 735ft above street level. At the lower levels public escalators and lifts assist pedestrians and cyclists from St. Thomas Street up to the Piazza.
For visitors to the building additional escalators and lifts carry them to the generous lobby areas positioned above the piazza. Elsewhere dedicated service lifts and Firemen’s lifts ensure maximum safety and the smooth operation of the building.