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The Minerva Building


The Minerva Building
St. Botolph's House


Structure in General

unbuilt [cancelled]


commercial office
shop(s) restaurant


  • A revised planning application for the 53-storey (49 occupiable floors plus 4 plant floors) version was submitted during the week ending July 12th 2002.
  • The building would have accommodated up to 10,000 people.
  • St. Botolphs now occupies this site.
  • If built, The Minerva Building would have been the first building in the City of London to contain more than 1,000,000sq ft of office space. It would have contained four 3,620sq m trading floors, 1,860sq m of retail and a 1,300sq m top-floor restaurant, as well as 33 parking spaces for cars and 355 for bicycles.
  • The ground floor would have housed shopping facilities whilst double-decker lifts would have risen to the sky-lobby on the 12th and 13th floors; the building would have featured a panoramic roof terrace and the top floor would have featured a public restaurant, accessed by a dedicated street entrance and scenic lifts.
  • The original proposal for this site, known then as St. Botolph's House, was a 14-storey office block. In 2001 this was revised to a 36-storey, 159m (522ft) tall office tower. A post-September 11th revision brought structural and design changes and a further increase in height, to 53-storeys and 216.9m (712ft).
  • The Minerva Building was designed to resemble four open books and would have been clad in aluminium and glass; a ventilated façade would have helped in the environmental sustainability of the building with a predicted energy reduction of around 50-60 percent.

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138-139 Houndsditch
138-139 Houndsditch
City of London
United Kingdom

Technical Data

797.64 ft
711.61 ft
649.61 ft
649.61 ft
12.40 ft
8.96 ft

Involved Companies

MEP engineering, consultant, developer, facade consultant, facade maintenance system supplier, planning consultant, project management, quantity surveyor, structural engineering, wind surveyor
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