Princes attend official opening of the Leadenhall Building

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THE LEADENHALL building in the City of London was officially opened this week with the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry in attendance.

Known as the Cheesegrater, the skyscraper at 122 Leadenhall Street is 225 metres tall and is a collaboration between developers British Land and Oxford Properties.

The royal visitors admired the views across London and beyond from the 42nd storey of the tower, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry were also presented with bespoke Lego models of the building.

Chris Grigg, Chief Executive at British Land said: “This is a significant milestone for us and our partners Oxford Properties and I would like to thank The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry for helping us mark it.

“The decision to develop The Leadenhall Building in 2010 was a bold one; the full impact of the global financial crisis was still unravelling, and The City of London’s position as the world’s leading financial centre was under threat. However, we had confidence that The City would rebound, and resolved to deliver an exceptional building that would attract leading companies from all over the world. I am very proud to say we have achieved that.”

Paul Brundage, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Oxford Properties Europe, said: “We are honoured to be joined today by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry to mark the final milestone in this incredible project.

“In 2010 Oxford Properties was seeking a development opportunity that would not only demonstrate our commitment to London, but underline our aspiration to become a leading global investor in real estate. The Leadenhall Building was the perfect answer. This is not only a London landmark, it is a building that resonates on the world stage and we are tremendously grateful to all those who have helped deliver it.”

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