CityPoint, viewed from Moor
CityPoint (previously known
as Britannic House) is a skyscraper on Ropemaker Street on the northern fringe of
the City of
CityPoint, viewed from Liverpool
It was built in 1967 as a 35-storey, tall headquarters for British Petroleum
(now BP). The designers at that time
were F. Milton Cashmore and H.N.W. Grosvenor.
It was refurbished in 2000 which increased the height to and
increased the available floor space. The designer for the
refurbishment was Sheppard Robson. It was renamed CityPoint after
its refurbishment. Its anchor tenant is Simmons & Simmons
, a law
currently the fourth tallest building in the City, after Tower 42 and 30 St Mary Axe and the Broadgate Tower, but only the twelfth tallest in Greater London.
In August 2005, the building was put on the market by its owner,
Pillar Properties, for more than £500m - one of the largest deals
ever seen in the City office market.
In early 2007, the building was again put on the market, this time
for £650m. At the time, this made it the most expensive building
ever sold in the UK, as a private US company - Beacon Capital -
agreed to buy it. However, 8 Canada Square in Canary
Wharf eclipsed this by some margin when, in April 2007,
it was sold for over £1 billion.
Redevelopment of the area
A number of other large buildings are being planned on sites
nearby. These include a 43-storey, residential tower at Milton Court
. A office tower at Ropemaker Place
is also being developed by
- Design Journal
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