St Helen's (Building)

Infobox Skyscraper
building_name=The Aviva Tower

location=London, UK
height_meters= convert|118|m|ft|0
height_stories=23 total, 25 including podium and mezzanine levels
roof=118 m
architect=GMW Architects

St Helen's (previously known as the Aviva Tower or the Commercial Union building) is a skyscraper in the City of London. It is convert|118|m|ft|0 tall and has 23 floors, as well as podium and mezzanine levels. It was completed in 1969. It was damaged in the Bishopsgate bombings by Irish terrorists, and completely re-glazed and re-clad as a result. It was designed by GMW Architects: the stark rectilinear geometry and detailing of the building was influenced by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It was built by Taylor Woodrow Construction. [ [ Emporis] ]

In May 2007, it was reported that Simon Halabi was considering plans to demolish the building and replace it with a much taller tower. Halabi owned a one-third stake in the Shard of Glass being planned at London Bridge, but pulled out.


ee also

*122 Leadenhall Street - a neighbouring tower, soon to be replaced with a much taller skyscraper
*30 St Mary Axe (formerly known as the SwissRe building) - a neighbouring skyscraper and well-known London landmark
*List of tallest buildings and structures in London - a complete list of skyscrapers in London
*Willis Building - another tower under construction nearby

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