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BT Tower

60 Cleveland Mews, Camden
London ENG United Kingdom

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1961
  Finished1964
Floor Count34
Building Uses
 - communication
 - observation
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - sign
 - tower
 - concrete core
Architectural Style
 - modern
Materials
 - glass
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Antenna618 ft
Roof571 ft
Foundations-24 ft

Description
- Architect: Eric Bedford

- The tower was commisioned by the GPO (General Post Office) to carry microwave signals and transport telecommunications traffic around London and the UK, which is why it was known at a time as the Post Office Tower and GPO Tower.

- Construction began in June 1961, and it topped out on 15 July 1964. The tower became operational on October 8th 1965, and finally opened to the public on16 May 1966.

- The tower was the United Kingdom's tallest building from 1964-1980, when it was overtaken by the NatWest Tower, since having been renamed Tower 42.

- In 1970 there was an IRA attack in the observation area.

- The tower had a revolving restauraunt on the 34th floor known as 'The Top of The Tower,' but it closed in 1981 due to the expiration of its lease.

- The buildings two lifts can reach the top in 30 seconds.

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