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From the bottom up, London, United Kingdom

Friday 03 Aug 2007

Strange but true

Photographs: Sara Mercer 
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Well hung 60s block bites the dust 

This unusual site is stopping Londoners in their tracks. The old 1960s P&O tower in Leadenhall street is being demolished from the ground up to make way for Richard Rogers’ new 48 storey tower. Most towers are dismantled from the top down but due to the unusual design of 122 Leadenhall Street, this building is being dismantled from the ground up. The reason is that the floors are hung from a beam at the roof level which is supported by the core. Matthew White, British Land’s project director told the London Evening Standard that “The 15 storey building, constructed in 1965, was one of only four in London to have been constructed in this way – and the first to be demolished. Eventually the beam will be deconstructed at roof level leaving the core, which will be demolished from the top down.”

We want to know if the blue rope is structural?

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