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The "NatWest Tower", as originally named, was London's first skyscraper, at 183 metres (600 ft) high, it was the tallest building in the United Kingdom until the topping out of One Canada Square at Canary Wharf in 1990.

Shimmering close-set vertical steel fins with black glass between line the building emphasising its perpendicularity. Winner of BOMA International Office building of the Year.

In June 2012, a Capix LED multi-media lighting system was installed around levels 39 to 45. The lighting system is formed of thousands of pixels mounted on a chain netting that is affixed to the surface of the building, allowing a variety of lighting designs and colours to be displayed.

Different images light the top of the building every night, including the Olympic Rings during the London 2012 Olympics, a green heart for the NHS during the 2020 Cornavirus Pandemic, a Poppy on Remembrance day and many more tributes to causes and events across London and the UK.

The tower suffered severe damage and had to be entirely reclad and internally refurbished after the 1993 IRA bombing of Bishopsgate.

183m, Richard Seifert, 1980.