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30 St Mary Axe From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "The Gherkin" redirects here. For the pickled fruit, see gherkin. 30 St Mary Axe 30 St Mary Axe from Leadenhall Street.jpg 30 St Mary Axe, with St Andrew Undershaft church in the foreground, pictured from Leadenhall Street General information Type Office Location London, United Kingdom Coordinates 51°30′52″N 00°04′49″WCoordinates: 51°30′52″N 00°04′49″W Construction started 2001 Completed 2003[1] Opening 28 April 2004; 9 years ago[2][3] Cost £138,000,000.00 (land cost £90,600,000.00)[4] adjusted by inflation:£193242009 (land cost £134982996)[4] Height Roof 180 metres (591 ft) Technical details Floor count 41 Floor area 47,950 square metres (516,100 sq ft) Design and construction Architect Foster and Partners Structural engineer Arup Main contractor Skanska References [5] 30 St Mary Axe (widely known informally as "the Gherkin" and previously the Swiss Re Building) is a skyscraper in London's main financial district, the City of London, completed in December 2003 and opened in April 2004.[2] With 41 floors, the tower is 180 metres (591 ft) tall[1] and stands on a street called St Mary Axe, on the site of the former Baltic Exchange, which was extensively damaged in 1992 by the explosion of a bomb placed by the Provisional IRA.[2][6] After the plans to build the Millennium Tower were dropped, 30 St Mary Axe was designed by Norman Foster and Arup engineers,[7] and was erected by Skanska in 2001–2003.[1] The building has become an iconic symbol of London and is one of the city's most widely recognised examples of modern architecture.[

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  • Uploaded on September 19, 2013
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