09/11 Influential expands with new office space in iconic Gherkin building
Influential Software is pleased to confirm the expansion of its UK operation with the addition of new office space in the iconic 30 St Mary Axe office building, also known as The Gherkin
Influential Software is very pleased to open its first London office to better support its expanding client portfolio which includes several London-based companies. The St Mary Axe building was chosen as it offers excellent client services, both vocational and social and is an ideal location for City travel.
30 St Mary Axe, the Swiss Re Building (colloquially referred to as the Gherkin), is a skyscraper in London’s main financial district, the City of London, completed in December 2003 and opened at the end of May 2004. With 40 floors, the tower is 180 metres (591 ft) tall, and stands on the former site of the Baltic Exchange building, which was severely bomb damaged on 10 April 1992.
Since its completion, the building has won a number of prestigious awards for architecture. In October 2004, the building was awarded the 2004 RIBA Stirling Prize. For the first time in the prize’s history, the judges reached a unanimous decision. In December 2005, a survey of the world’s largest firms of architects published in 2006 BD World Architecture 200 voted the tower as the most admired new building in the world.
In September 2006, the building was put up for sale and on 21 February 2007, IVG Immobilien AG and UK investment firm Evans Randall completed their joint purchase of the building for GB£630 million, making it Britain’s most expensive office building.
Since February 2010, Sky News has broadcast its flagship business programme, Jeff Randall Live, from a studio in the building.