20 Fenchurch Street, Canary Wharf

Known as the Walkie Talkie, 20 Fenchurch Street is one of a handful of buildings to achieve full FSC Project Certification.

About this project

Part of the Canary Wharf development, 20 Fenchurch Street was designed in 2004 by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly.

Completed in 2014, joint developers Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities set out to ensure the 38-storey tower, known as ‘the Walkie Talkie’ because of its distinctive shape, was one of the most sustainable buildings in the City of London and deployed a number of innovative measures throughout the design, construction and operational phases.

The 38-storey building is the fifth tallest completed building in the City of London. It provides 690,000 sq foot of office space in addition to restaurants, bars and the Sky Garden, providing visitors with stunning views of the capital.

Use of timber

20 Fenchurch Street is one of several completed FSC-certified projects by Canary Wharf Group, including Crossrail Place, the new home for Canary Wharf station.

The commercial skyscraper was awarded full FSC Project Certification for the shell, core and full fit-out of the Sky Garden and restaurants, common areas, the pocket park, annex building and levels 14, 15, 16, 17, 35, 36, 37. The certification recognises the incorporation of wood products from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.

The building also achieved a BREEAM 2011 Excellent rating and was given a post-construction score of 80.2% by the Assessors at BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology), the world’s leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.

Read our interview with Martin Gettings, head of sustainability at Canary Wharf Group.

Images: Canary Wharf Group

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