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Canary Wharf puts in first steel plate for 20 Fenchurch St skyscraper

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 April 2012

John Garwood and Neill Patterson put their names on the dotted line

John Garwood and Neill Patterson put their names on the dotted line

Canary Wharf Grp

Building the latest skyscraper in the City of London was marked by a new construction phase on Monday with the first of the 4,500 steel sections put in place that make up the structural ‘envelope’.

The turning point was celebrated at 20 Fenchurch Street, near Aldgate, when the two chief executives from Land Securities who own the 38-storey skyscraper and from Canary Wharf Group which is building it both signed their names on the first 30ft column.

Builders are now installing the remaining 4,499 steel sections that will make up the superstructure.

The unique 500ft-high tower flares outwards from its base so the larger floor-plates are on the higher storeys.

The structure will eventually hold 90,000 sq ft of concrete, 13,000 tonnes of steel and 330,000 sq ft of glass which could cover four-and-a-half football pitches.

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