The190m-high office building is officially called 52 Lime Street but has been nicknamed The Scalpel, as is vogue, because of a sharp leading edge.
Skanska won the contract through competitive tender and starts work on site this week and is scheduled for completion in early 2017.
The building is at the junction of Lime Street and Leadenhall Street in the City. It has been designed by architect Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) for the WR Berkley Corporation. Internal floor area of 624,000 sq ft over 35 office floors and two basement levels, including retail and restaurant areas.
A public ‘square’ of approximately 11,000 sq ft will be created by the development, complementing the existing space around the Willis Building. The square will include public seating and planting.
Skanska managing director Paul Heather said: “We are thrilled to be adding 52 Lime Street to our portfolio of City towers and forming a new relationship with the WR Berkley Corporation to provide the company with a European home in the heart of the City.”