Telecom Tower London, Cleveland Street Building, Image, Architect, Design, Date

BT Tower London : Architecture

Key Tall Building in central London: 60 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, England, UK

post updated 26 Mar 2020

Telecom Tower

Date built: 1961

Chief Architects: Eric Bedford & G. R. Yeats

Ministry of Public Buildings and Works

BT Tower in London

Photos © Adrian Welch – from 1 Oct 2012:

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Photos © Keepclicking – from 10 Sep 2012:

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Location: 60 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4JZ

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photos © Nick Weall

Also known as the BT Tower and GPO Tower

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picture © Adrian Welch

Location: Holland St, central London
Telecom Tower, London – contact: 020 746 8348

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photograph © AJW

620 ft high, once contained rotating restaurant at the top

The Telecom Tower was bombed by the IRA

The main structure is 177 metres (581 ft) high, with a further section of aerial rigging bringing the total height to 189 metres (620 ft). Its Post Office code was YTOW.

Upon completion in 1964, it overtook the Millbank Tower to become the tallest building in both London and the United Kingdom. The structure helf these titles until 1980, when it in turn was overtaken by the NatWest Tower.

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It replaced a much shorter steel lattice tower which had been built on the roof of the neighbouring Museum telephone exchange in the late 1940s to provide a television link between London and Birmingham.

The narrow cylindrical shape was chosen because of the requirements of the communications aerials: the building will shift no more than 25 centimetres (10 in) in wind speeds of up to 150 km/h (95 mph). Initially, the first 16 floors were for technical equipment and power. Above that was a 35-metre section for the microwave aerials, and above that were six floors of suites, kitchens, technical equipment, a revolving restaurant, and finally a cantilevered steel lattice tower.

To prevent heat build-up, the glass cladding was of a special tint. The construction cost was £2.5 million.

BT Tower London building photographs (with blue sky) taken with Panasonic DMC-FX01 lumix camera; Leica lense: 2816×2112 pixels – original photos available upon request: info(at)e-architect.com

BT Tower images – scanned photos by Isabelle Lomholt:
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Location: 60 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4JZ

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