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UK The Lloyds Building, London - November 2014

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Morning all, just another rooftop report I'm afraid, bit of a special one this though. By no means am I the first to do it and I'm sure I won't be the last. I visited with extreme_ironing first time round when I took these shots and second time with a certain group of drunk explorers which was eventful to say the least

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The Lloyd's building (sometimes known as the Inside-Out Building) is the home of the insurance institution Lloyd's of London. The building is a leading example of radical Bowellism architecture in which the services for the building, such as ducts and lifts, are located on the exterior to maximise space in the interior. Twenty-five years after completion in 1986, the building received Grade I listing in 2011; it was the youngest structure ever to obtain this status. It is said by English Heritage to be "universally recognised as one of the key buildings of the modern epoch".

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The current Lloyd's building was designed by architect Richard Rogers and built between 1978 and 1986. Bovis was the management contractor. Like the Pompidou Centre in Paris (designed by Renzo Piano and Rogers), the building was innovative in having its services such as staircases, lifts, electrical power conduits and water pipes on the outside, leaving an uncluttered space inside. The 12 glass lifts were the first of their kind in the United Kingdom. The building consists of three main towers and three service towers around a central, rectangular space.

The Lloyd's building is 88 metres (289 ft) to the roof, with 14 floors. On top of each service core stand the cleaning cranes, increasing the overall height to 95.10 metres (312 ft). Modular in plan, each floor can be altered by addition or removal of partitions and walls. The building was previously owned by Dublin-based real estate firm Shelbourne Development Group, who purchased it in 2004 from a German investment bank. In July 2013 it was sold to the Chinese company Ping An Insurance in a £260 million deal.

2. Pipe porn

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3. stair Porn

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7. The Willis building

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10. Window cleaner's box

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11. Cleaner's crane

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13. Extreme_ironing doing the stuff that I don't have the bottle to do!

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14. Plant Room

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16. Looking down on Gotham City below :D

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Thanks for looking :thumb

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brilliant write up and photos mate. They came out much better than any of mine although feeling quite overlooked we didn't hang about up there for long although I wish I had spent a bit more time up there now. :thumb

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Its not hard to see how its recieved its listed status as in design it really is something else

Great shots mate and a great night

Also a big thank you to the city of London Police for taking the time to attend :P

:jump:jump:jump:jump :police2::police::thumb

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Cheers guys, and Andy if you are scared of heights you wouldn't have been able to watch us take the leap of faith near the top ;)

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