Portland House

Portland House

. It is convert|101|m|ft|0 tall with 29 floors and was completed in 1963.

The building has two banks of lifts — the first serving the first up to the fifteenth floor, and the second the fifteenth floor upwards. Firms that currently use Portland House for office space include American Express, TradeDoubler, uSwitch, Upmystreet.com, Rentokil Initial, [AkzoNobel] [http://www.akzonobel.com] and Regus.

The building is a two minute walk from London Victoria station (mainline and tube) and Victoria Coach Station. The surrounding area has been redeveloped over the last two years with new a new shopping and refreshments area called Cardinal Place. The building also has a gym in the basement.

Portland House is the highest building in Victoria and Westminster, and can be see from as far away as Battersea. Rumour has it that Queen Elizabeth II demanded the building be pulled down shortly after completion, as it can be seen from — and see into — the grounds of Buckingham Palace.Fact|date=April 2007

The building is part of the Cardinal Place Estate, which includes the shopping centre and development around the building. Retail establishments such as Marks & Spencer, Boots, Thorntons, Zara, Ha Ha Bar and Zizi have taken retail space in the complex.

The ground floor has a portico arrangement of pillars which reflect the octagonal cross section of the building.

This building was successfully climbed by French urban climber Alain Robert in 2007.

ee also

*Tall buildings in London

External links

* [http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=110683 Emporis.com entry]

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