M&S Bishopsgate grand opening….

A new addition to the ever growing Tower 42 Estate, M&S Foodhall Opened Tuesday 25th July 17. The fantastic new M & S Foodhall on the Tower 42 Estate hosts a small bakery, fabulous food as well as cards, gift wrapping and much more. Standby for more exciting retail openings soon….

VERTICAL RUSH 2017…. BIGGEST ATTENDANCE TO DATE…9TH YEAR AND STILL CLIMBING…

Yet again Vertical Rush 2017, hosted by Tower 42 on behalf od Shelter was a huge success. In it’s 9th year with 1200 runners signed up to climb the 932 stairs over 46 flights of stairs to the 42nd floor at 590 feet, this year was the largest attendance to date!

Barry Rushmer, Tower 42 General Manager welcomed many of the building occupiers and staff running the tower, along with a host of Celebrities including Shelter Ambassador Nell McAndrew.

Tower 42 and Vodafone launch “4G internet in the sky”

Tower 42 and Vodafone launch “4G internet in the sky”

09, February 2016: Today, Tower 42, London’s original skyscraper, will become the tallest building in the country with high-speed 4G access. Thanks to a unique partnership with leading telecoms company Vodafone to implement a fully integrated network coverage system, visitors and office users at Tower 42 will now benefit from full signal across all 42 storeys of the iconic City skyscraper.
Connected by 2,000 metres of fibre the system will ‘go live’ today, providing 2G, 3G and 4G coverage across all floors. Tower 42 is now the tallest building in the UK to offer the quality and speed available to mobile devices from 4G. All but one of the other skyscrapers in the London skyline are only fitted out with 2G or 3G coverage, the previous slower-speed generation of mobile internet.
Philip Lewis, Kirsh Group, commented on behalf of the owners: “This building was at the forefront of new technology when it opened in 1981 and it will continue to lead the way. If London is going to remain a location of choice, we need to ensure it offers global-leading technology systems to its business community.
“We chose to partner with Vodafone, as 62 per cent of our occupiers are already loyal Vodafone users. With 334,000 sq ft of office space due to benefit, as well as our Michelin starred City Social restaurant and top-floor Vertigo 42 Champagne Bar, the technology will allow us to continue to provide best in class facilities now and into the future.”
Vodafone UK’s Head of Network Kye Prigg added: “We are delighted that Tower 42 invited us to partner with them to deliver the best service possible to our customers, in one of the busiest and most popular areas of London. With many of London’s skyscrapers now towering above our mobile network below, our engineers have to head for the heights in order to provide customers with a strong 4G signal. Increasingly, we are providing bespoke 4G systems to achieve this, as well as working out new ways to overcome modern designs, such as reflective glass which can divert radio waves.”
Tower 42 forms part of the Tower 42 Estate, which comprises six self-contained building on a freehold site of 2.2 acres. The skyscraper provides unique office space in a range of flexible leasing options, in the heart of the City of London.
The Estate continues to attract tenants from a diverse occupier base whilst achieving market leading rent. As a result, it is now home to over 50 international companies and 3,500 people.
Vodafone’s integrated 4G system in Tower 42 forms part of Vodafone UK’s continued commitment and investment in the London network which is now offering 4G to 99% of the city’s population. As a result, 4G data usage is increasing month on month and total weekly data usage equates to more than 300 years of continuous web browsing*. Our call set up rate is also industry leading at over 99% and our dropped call rate is down to 0.58% throughout London. As a result of this, Vodafone’s network in London has been recognised as number one by leading independent technology consultancy, P3.

Carols from the Choir

On Wednesday 16th December Tower 42 again welcomed the choir of St Saviour’s School who sang through their repertoire of Christmas carols and collected over £600 for Variety, the Children’s Charity. Thank you for your support and generosity.

Paul 50% off restaurant food offer

PAUL is offering 50% off restaurant food until Friday 11th September

Celebrate with PAUL the opening of their new bakery, wine bar & restaurant in Tower 42. They are offering you 50% off restaurant food when booking via bookatable:

http://www.bookatable.co.uk/t42-paul-bishopsgate-liverpool-street-london

*Terms & Conditions: Offer valid only when booking via bookatable  Offer valid until Friday 11th September 2015 at PAUL Tower 42 restaurant only. 50% off your bill on restaurant dishes only, excluding soft and alcoholic drinks. Offer not available for take away, bakery items or online. No cash alternative. Offer cannot be combined with any other current PAUL offers, express menu or afternoon tea.

Harrison – a life-saving hero

Harrison Atkins, a popular member of the Tower 42 security team has been chosen as a match for bone marrow donation.

Harrison registered with the Anthony Nolan Trust when he was collecting his number for the London Marathon in 2014. Almost a year later, the trust contacted him and mentioned they had found a potential match and would he be prepared to donate?  Harrison has jumped at the chance and attends hospital to donate from 9th June. Harrison said “the opportunity to save someone’s life doesn’t present itself that often, so I am delighted to be donating despite the discomfort I am expecting”

The Management and Staff at Tower 42 are very proud of Harrison’s gallant gesture and wish him well for a successful donation.

Stepping up to the challenge – Vertical Rush 2015

Tower 42 played host to the UK’s tallest and toughest tower-running challenge Vertical Rush earlier this month. The event was held in aid of Shelter, and aimed to raise £250,000 which will make a huge difference to the charity’s emergency helpline as it struggles to keep up with growing demand.

Tower 42’s very own Harrison Atkins, Peter Shore and Daniel Harris joined teams from Squarepoint, Tullett Prebon, Crowell & Moring and nearly 1,000 runners, including the global top 10 ranked athletes, a celebrity duo of TV personality George Clarke and X Factor’s Shayne Ward, and a professional football freestyler to take on the all 932 stairs to the top. The elites included 73 year old Orival Martins – the oldest person to ever attempt Vertical Rush – who flew all the way from São Paulo in Brazil to take part. In spite of his jetlag, Orival still managed to finish with an impressive time of 11 minutes 52 seconds.

Shelter has experienced a 40 per cent increase in the number of calls received by its helpline compared with the previous year and, at a time when more than 31,000 people in London are at risk of homelessness, the money raised is more vital than ever. Over the last seven years 5,600 runners have taken part raising over £1.6million to help families facing homelessness.

Barry Rushmer, General Manager of Tower 42 commented: “Vertical Rush has become a landmark event in the Capital’s calendar and we were proud to host it for the seventh consecutive year.  I would like to say a big congratulations to all those runners who took part, not only have you made it to the top of one of the UK’s tallest buildings but you have raised much needed funds for a very worthy cause.”

Vertical Rush has become a key event in the world of stair running – the latest trend in endurance sports – and is part of the 2015 Vertical World Circuit, which includes races to the top of the Empire State Building and the Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan.

 

 

Children’s Choir

The choir of St Saviour’s C of E Primary School sang Christmas carols on 11th December for the enjoyment of all, and the collection raised that day amounted to nearly £500. After their singing the children were visited by Father Christmas and given seasonal gifts.

 

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Go Figurative presents

Tower 42 Artists in Residence

Art Sale

11 December 2014, between 11-2pm, Mezzanine Level

Throughout November and December, our highly talented artists David Downes, Melissa Scott-Miller and Paul Hiles have been ‘residing’ at Tower 42 and creating artworks depicting the view from the 14th floor.

We will be displaying the paintings by the display cabinets on the mezzanine level.

All paintings are available to buy framed and are ready to take away with you or we can arrange for delivery.

The Artists

David Downes was diagnosed with high functioning autism at the age of 32 and paints from memory and imagination. He is known for his London City skylines. http://gofigurative.com/users/david-downes

Melissa Scott-Miller studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition for the past 18 years. She is recognised for her unique style of architectural painting of London. http://gofigurative.com/users/melissa-scott-miller

Paul Hiles was born in Holloway, North London. In 2008, Hiles was commissioned to paint an aerial view of Hertford County Hall. His cityscapes pay tribute to London life including red London buses and Boris bikes. http://www.paulhiles.co.uk/

For sales enquiries and further information please contact Karin Fransson karinfransson@gofigurative.com, +44(0) 207 794 3317 at the Go Figurative Gallery, 92 Heath Street, London NW3 1DP

www.gofigurative.com

David Lindo – The Urban Birder and the Tower 42 Bird Group

I’m David Lindo, also known as The Urban Birder. I’m a broadcaster, writer, tour leader, speaker and educationalist focused on getting us urbanites excited about the wildlife in our cities. Growing up in London, I have been fanatical about birds since before I could walk and learnt long ago that you don’t have to go anywhere exotic to have amazing wildlife experiences. All you need to do is walk out of your house or office, wherever you are in the capital and just look up. Nature surrounds us, even in the middle of the concrete jungle.

When people ask what my favourite places are to watch birds in London are they are often surprised by my response. Instead of naming a well-known reservoir, an oft-mentioned park or a famous nature reserve well away from the city sprawl I cite my favoured birding sites as firstly Wormwood Scrubs in West London followed very closely by Tower 42.

How did I stumble onto the roof of Tower 42, you may ask. Well, I’m very interested in migration and believe it or not, London is a great place to witness it. For a long time I wanted to get on top of a tall building in the capital to observe migrating birds of prey during the spring and autumn. I originally contacted the management at Tower 42 in the autumn of 2009 in the vain hope that they would allow me to stand on the roof to watch the skies. To their eternal credit not only did they allow me to do that but to also form the Tower 42 Bird Study Group.

Weather permitting, the group meets once a week during the spring and autumn for a total of roughly nine four hour sessions to record what flies over. For the most part we see very little and end up instead spending our time marveling at the glorious cityscape. Even on those quiet days we normally see plenty of Herring Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls wheeling around the skies of London. We also regularly see Peregrines. These mighty predators are a conservation success story. From verging on extinction in Britain during the Second World War they are now much more numerous. In London alone we now have over 20 nesting pairs – six of those territories are visible from the top of Tower 42.

Over the years, aside from regular Sparrow Hawk, Buzzard and occasional Kestrel sightings, we have recorded some incredible central London scarcities. Birds like Red Kite, Hobby, Hen Harrier and Marsh Harrier have all drifted over the building. The rarest bird of prey we discovered were the two separate Honey Buzzards that flew over within a couple hours of each other during spring 2011. There are less than 20 breeding pairs of this majestic raptor in Britain, so we were truly blessed. We have also seen other species like Swallow, House Martin, Swift and even seafaring Kittiwakes, Arctic Tern and shorebirds like Oystercatcher.

2014 was a little quiet in comparison to previous years and it was largely due to weather conditions. During the spring we pray for warm days with a light southeasterly wind that could potentially be carrying movements of raptors fresh in from their wintering grounds in Africa. During the autumn we lust after calm days with a light north easterlies and the hope that migrating raptors from Scandinavia will be riding on them. It is a lottery and more often than not the days that we chose to man the roof result in the wrong winds blowing and no birds. Even if the conditions are right it doesn’t mean that the skies would be alive with birds. Often we just stare longingly into empty skies.

But despite the unpredictability, I love being on the roof of Tower 42, as do my colleagues. There is an unbelievable feeling of peace up there. I for one could spend days up there just staring over our beautiful city. With winter approaching I begin to dream again of spring days standing atop my favourite building in London. Maybe I will see something amazing drift over. I can barely wait!

 

 

The Miller Trophy for Tower 42 – Flowers in The City

Elvis Alimehmetas our gardener and Barry Rushmer collecting the prestigious Miller Trophy for outstanding landscaping at Tower 42.

Presented by the Lord Mayor’s Consort at the Guildhall the Miller Trophy was commissioned by Sir James Miller when he served as Lord Mayor of London and Lord Provost of Edinburgh.

The award is made by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners

City Social at Tower 42 takes top Square Meal award

Jason Atherton’s City Social at Tower 42 has won the BMW Square Meal Award for Best New Restaurant autumn 2014. The award was presented to the restaurant on Wednesday 1 October. City Social opened in May this year, on the 24th floor of Tower 42.

It is the third time that one of Atherton’s restaurants has won a BMW Square Meal award: Pollen Street Social was Restaurant of the Year in 2011 and Social Eating House took Best New Restaurant in autumn 2013. Square Meal editor Ben McCormack said, ‘Jason Atherton is currently the chef with the Midas touch and he instinctively knows how to give diners a good time. City Social is a spectacular venue that combines sky-high food quality with dizzying views of the Square Mile and the skyline beyond.’

Michelin Star for City Social at Tower 42

City Social

Jason Atherton’s City Social at Tower 42 wins Michelin Star.

Opened in May of this year City Social is the only City Skyscraper to be awarded a Michelin Star in the 2015 guide.

Paul Walsh Executive Chef said” I am totally over the moon, it is so great to get recognition for all the hard work and long hours we have put into making City Social a success. A huge thanks to all my team for this incredible achievement.

 

Tower 42 donates a Variety Sunshine Coach

A big thank you to all Tower 42 occupants for their support for Variety the Children’s Charity. Donations were received from a variety of sources including our occupiers, all of which contributed towards the purchase of the specially modified coach donated to the William Morris School in Walthamstow. Eight of the schoolchildren attended the coach handover ceremony and were treated to the great views and soft refreshments in Vertigo 42.

 

Coffee on your doorstep

It cannot have escaped the notice of anyone who uses the front entrance of Tower 42 that since 7th April a new coffee shop has popped up between the escalators. Taylor Street Baristas http://www.taylor-st.com/ will be here for 3 months and have already proved themselves indispensable to a large population.

Take-away sales only and card payments are accepted

Running the Virgin London Marathon 2014?

The running circus that is the London Marathon is coming to town again on 13th April and we would like to wish all the runners the very best of luck. Our Front of House security guard Harrison Atkins is one of the hardy souls pushing themselves to the limit in order to raise money for various charities. If you’d like to support Harrison from the comfort of your office or armchair please kindly follow this link to sponsor him:
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=harrisonatkins
Good luck to everyone, and please let us know how you get on if you are also taking part.

Tower 42 Wins Prestigious National Customer Service Award

Companies from across the UK and abroad were recognised for their outstanding customer service at The WOW! Awards 2012 Gala Ceremony in London on the 3rd of December.

These prestigious awards are purely based on customer nominations for excellent service. Finalists were judged by an independent panel of experts from high profile British organisations, media and academia.
This annual ceremony has become recognised as a highlight of the British awards calendar and an emotional roller coaster. The majority of winners are front liners who have had real impact on their customers. This year’s winners included representatives from the NHS and emergency services, as well as property management companies, utility providers, housing associations and cleaners.

All of the winners at this year’s ceremony expressed their pride and appreciation.

The reception team at Tower 42 won the Front of House Award for their amazing team work and excellent customer service. They were described as being “persistently professional, positive, courteous and friendly” and they have all at one time, or another, “gone out of their way to make their customer feel special and valued”.