Cheesegrater takes home City of London prize for building of the year.
British Land and Oxford Properties’ Cheesegrater has today won the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects – City of London’s Building of the Year award after judges declared the Lord Rogers-designed skyscraper an “extraordinary example of contemporary architecture”.
The City of London Building of the Year Award
The jury, chaired by Paul Finch, assessed the quality of the architectural design as well as the impact of the building on the city street scene.
The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour was assessed the winner. The 48-floor, 225 metre high building, with its distinctive wedge-shaped profile, is already a key landmark on the City skyline. At ground level there is a 30m high atrium and publicly-accessible space which in the future will connect with the adjacent St Helen’s Square and provides a pedestrian link to Undershaft. The judges described the building as ‘very impressive’. ‘If you worked here you’d feel good about yourself every day,’ said one. They felt it made an outstanding winner for the inaugural award. ‘It is world class. Put this into any financial centre in the world and it would hold its own.’