Empress State Building

Category: Buildings

The Empress State Building is a skyscraper in Hammersmith and Fulham, London. It was built in 1961 and was 100 metres tall with 28 floors. It was renovated in 2003 by Wilkinson Eyre Architects which added 3 floors and 17.3 metres to its height. ‘Orbit’ is the name given to the private revolving bar on the top floor which offers panoramic views of London.

The building is named for the Empress Hall which formerly stood on the site, and in tribute to the Empire State Building.

The building is mainly occupied by staff from the Metropolitan Police Service. Some of the upper floors are occupied by staff from Transport for London.


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