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City's tallest building topped out

A topping out ceremony has been held to mark the topping out of the City of London’s tallest building.

The event marked the structural completion of the 230m Heron Tower at 110 Bishopsgate, constructed by Skanska and developed by Heron International.

Stretching 202m into the sky, Heron Tower is now the tallest building in the City. A 28m mast will be added to the building when finished, leaving a total height of 230m.

Construction on the 46-storey development is scheduled to be finished by February 2011, and will provide 134,000 sq m of office space with a public restaurant and skybar.

Close to Liverpool Street station, Heron Tower will include the biggest aquarium in any commercial building and 10 high-speed double-decker lifts.

The tower, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, also includes several environmental features and has achieved an ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating - an environmental assessment method.

Speaking at the ceremony, Heron chief executive Gerald Ronson said: “Today we begin the countdown to completion that is less than 50 weeks away. Whether this is by luck or judgment, I believe that Heron Tower has come to market at the right time.”

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