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The defining feature of The Leadenhall Building is its distinctive tapering shape, angled at 10 degrees, which RSH+P developed from the earliest design stage. This was a response to specific planning requirements protecting views of major London landmarks, especially St Paul’s Cathedral in the City and the Palace of Westminster.

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It is for this reason that the building, when seen from the key vantage point of Fleet Street to the west, appears to ‘lean away’ from the world-famous dome of St Paul’s.

The design also addresses the client’s ambition to provide office space that can be configured in different ways. With the building’s tapered shape, each office floor is ‘stepped back’ and 750 millimetres narrower than the one immediately below, providing office space in varied sizes to suit the needs of different businesses.

And with almost all the service functions housed in the North Core, the offices have the additional advantage of fine unobstructed views across the City, the Thames and beyond.

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