The Scalpel

The Scalpel

June 2019
The Scalpel and Willis Building

The Scalpel and Willis Building

June 2019
The Scalpel office building at 52-54 Lime Street.

The Scalpel office building at 52-54 Lime Street.

June 2019
The Scalpel on Leadehall Street

The Scalpel on Leadehall Street

June 2019
Computer generated image of The Scalpel in the City of London; screen capture from

Computer generated image of The Scalpel in the City of London; screen capture from

52-54 Lime Street development elevation on Leadenhall Street.

52-54 Lime Street development elevation on Leadenhall Street.

July 13, 2014
52-54 Lime Street development site in July 2014.

52-54 Lime Street development site in July 2014.

July 13, 2014
View to the existing building at 52-54 Lime Street from Lime Street

View to the existing building at 52-54 Lime Street from Lime Street

16. December 2012

The Scalpel

52-54 Lime Street, London EC3M 7BS
387,000 sq ft

Description of The Scalpel

The Scalpel is an office building on the corner of Lime Street and Leadenhall Road, opposite to Lloyds Building and across the road from the Leadenhall Building, in the City of London EC3.

The new 42-storey office building comprises over 387,000 sq ft of office floor space over 35 floors.

The development includes a new 11,000 sq ft public square at the base of the building.

Awarded the first ever design stage certificate under the BREEAM UK new construction 2014 scheme. The development incorporates photovoltaic solar panels to the roof, heat recovery on its air handling units, and energy efficient LED lighting throughout.


The new development was marketed by Cushman & Wakefield and CBRE prior to completion in 2017.

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The nearest tube, train and bus stations.
London Fenchurch Street Rail Station
St Katharine Cree
25, N25, N550

News: (4)

Work on The Scalpel has now completed, reports property and construction consultant Gleeds.

Gleeds has been advising on the development, providing cost management and employer’s agent services for the base build contract of WR Berkley Corporation Development Ltd’s £215 million scheme, and for the Category B and Category A fit out of the building’s upper floors.

Robin Brodie Cooper, Director at Gleeds, commented: "It is hugely rewarding to be marking the official completion of this spectacular building, which only serves to enhance London’s world renowned skyline. From the moment we were appointed we worked closely with the client to establish a comprehensive and detailed plan that would allow us to deliver this ambitious programme, and in doing so became a trusted partner, integral to the development team."

06/06/2019 16:28 by Buildington

Over half of The Scalpel development is now let or under offer as the building nears completion, reports JLL.

National Australia Bank and Lombard International are the latest occupiers to pre-let space at London’s newest office tower at 52 Lime Street.

National Australia Bank (NAB) has taken 26,864 sq ft on levels 9 and 10, with financial services company Lombard International signing for 9,189 sq ft on level 27. Of a total of 387,000 sq ft, just 180,000 sq ft remains to be let on floors ranging in size from approximately 6,500 to 15,500 sq ft.

Rolfe Lakin, CFO of NAB said: “After months of deliberation we are really looking forward to relocating to 52 Lime Street in late 2019 or early 2020. The Scalpel offers the NAB London team, visiting customers and overseas colleagues an efficient, state of the art, high specification space in a vibrant core City location in the heart of London’s financial district.”

John Hillman, Group Chief Executive at Lombard International, added: “We’re absolutely delighted with our choice of the Scalpel for our new UK corporate centre. Having looked at various options, we felt this prestigious City location and iconic building best represents our brand and values. We look forward to welcoming our partners and clients when we move in during the latter part of quarter one next year.”

Cushman & Wakefield represented National Australia Bank. JLL represented Lombard International.

13/11/2018 08:23 by Buildington

Skanska has signed a deal to build 52 Lime Street (also known as The Scalpel).

Won through competitive tender, the contract is due to commence in July 2013. The building, at the junction of Lime Street and Leadenhall Street in the City of London, is scheduled for completion in early 2017.

Designed by multi-award winning international architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) for the W.R. Berkley Corporation, one of the world’s premier property casualty insurance providers, the 190m-tall commercial office development has an internal floor area of 624,000 sq ft over 35 office floors and two basement levels, including retail and restaurant areas.

A public ‘square’ of approximately 11,000 sq ft will be created by the development, complementing the existing space around the Willis Building. The square will include public seating and planting and may also provide space for public art and tables linked to a specialist ground floor coffee shop, designed to echo the 17th century origins of the London insurance market at Lloyds Coffee House.

Paul Heather, Managing Director at Skanska, said:

“We are thrilled to be adding 52 Lime Street to our portfolio of City towers and forming a new relationship with the W.R. Berkley Corporation to provide the company with a European home in the heart of the City.”

27/07/2013 15:04 by Buildington

New on Buildington - 52-54 Lime Street office building development for US insurer W R Berkley in the City of London.

11/01/2013 01:36 by Buildington

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