Kohn Pederson Fox's 46-story office tower boasts special photovoltaics that also reduce the building's heat gain

The Heron Tower, which is currently under construction, has been awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating at design stage.

The 46-storey office tower which will be the City’s tallest at 202m with a 30m mast has been designed by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox and is being constructed by Skanska.

The assessment was conducted by Foreman Roberts and detailed the performance of Heron Tower against the BREEAM Offices 2006 criteria.

The tower includes a number of special features such as photovoltaics which as well as generating electricity help to create a solar shield and triple skin glazed facades to reduce heat gain by 45% over a standard glazing solution.