This building began life in 1991 as the World Trade Centre, a 19-storey office building capped with a pyramid. On September 2nd 1996, the building was heavily damaged by an IRA bomb, detonated at South Quay, and was vacated.
This was cancelled in 2002 due to the poor commercial property market. In 2003, Hilton Hotels signed as the operator for a hotel on the site, and in 2004 preparation began on site to create a new building utilising the original steel frame.
In 2001, the disused building was stripped to the core in preparation for redevelopment. The pyramid and four upper floors were removed, leaving only a 15-storey steel frame.
A redevelopment was proposed as part of the World Trade Centre London project, which would have seen the steel frame reclad to create several self-contained office buildings known as One, Two and Three World Trade Centre London.
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