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Minister for London, Nick Raynsford today handed over City Hall to ...
Minister for London, Nick Raynsford today handed over City Hall to

the Greater London Authority on time and on budget and little over

two years from the start of construction. The Greater London

Authority will now be able to move into their new home in time for

the official opening by the Queen on 23 July.

Nick Raynsford, minister for London, said:

'City Hall, the magnificent new home for the GLA, will be at the

democratic heart of London. It is a building that is already

attracting a huge amount of public interest and one that Londoner's

can be proud of.

'The project is an excellent example of the public and private

sectors working together to produce outstanding value for money for

the taxpayer. The GLA will pay rent of£36.50 per square foot on a 25

year lease. Instead of unpredictable rent reviews, rental increases

are limited to 3.5% per year. This makes it one of the best value

comparable rents in London.

'Although the GLA will pay a low rent, there has been no compromise

on quality. City Hall is a landmark building designed to world class

standards by architects, Foster & Partners.

'A key requirement, by government at the outset, was that the

building should achieve an 'Excellent' Building Research Establish

Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) assessment. An

independent report commissioned by the G L A confirmed that the

building's environmental performance meets this criterion, placing it

in the top banding of 'Excellent' assessments for office buildings.

'City Hall is a great headquarters for London Governance and will be

a great experience for Londoners to visit.'

City Hall is owned and was developed by CIT Group, designed by

architects Foster and Partners and project managed for the Government

Office for London by Turner & Townsend. It will accommodate 560 GLA

staff and is designed to be fully accessible to Londoners attending

the Mayor's Question time and other meetings in the Chamber as well

as conferences and events in London's Living Room which has

spectacular views across London.


- 'BREEAM = Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment

Methodology. It is a standard method for calculating a building's

potential environmental impact in operation.'

- Location: More London - a 13-acre development close to Tower Bridge

and bounded by the Thames, Potters Field and Tooley Street, SE1.

- Owner/Developer: The CIT Group plc, specialists in property

investment, development and asset management.

- Project description On completion, More London will be a 2.5

million sq. ft development with offices, an hotel, shops, cafes,

bars and restaurants.

- Other tenants: Under construction new 500,000 sq. ft headquarters

building for occupation in 2003 by Ernst & Young, global business


Under construction, Building 6, part pre let to Bacon & Woodrow the

leading European pensions and investment consultancy


- Height of building: 45m

- No. of floors: 10 floors above ground

- Gross floor area: 185,000 sq. ft/18,000m2 (approx.)

- Nett lettable floor area: 130,000 sq. ft/12,000m2 (approx.)

- Steelwork: Structural frame - 2100 tons Reinforced - 1950 tons

- Concrete (core): 13,100m2

- Cladding: 7,300 m2 of triple glazed low emissivity coated clear

glass, incorporating shading devices.

- Heat insulation: Average value = 0.7-0.8 W/m2.k

- Angle of glass front inclination: 31 degrees

- Diameter of circular glass façade: 45m

- Environmental strategy: Openable vents allow natural ventilation,

bore hole water cooling, heat recovery, displacement ventilation

system, no chillers required.

- Energy consumption: Energy consumption for GLA's environmental

systems is less than half levels in DETR good practice office

guide. The radical shape of the building minimises the surface area

(approx. 25% less than an equivalent rectangular building), is

self-shading and the high performance façade ensures excellent

energy efficiency.

- Electrical consumption: Greatly reduced as result of using cold

ground water instead of refrigeration to air condition the

building. Saving use of mains water, the water is extracted through

two bore holes from the water table beneath London and is used to

cool the building and is then used for flushing the toilets.


- Commissioned by: Government Office for London

- Owners and developers: CIT

- Project Managers: Turner and Townsend

- Architect (GLA HQ and Masterplanner of More London): Foster and


- Construction managers: MACE

- Structural, services, façade, fire, communications and acoustics

engineers: Arup & Partners

- Cost consultants to CIT: Davis Langdon & Everest and Mott Green &


- Landscape architects: Townshends

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