Europe’s largest privately-owned aquarium was recently delivered to London’s upcoming Heron Tower giving this new development quite a bit of eye candy in the lobby. The aquarium will hold 70,000l (approx. 18,492 gallons) of water and measures in at 12m long, 2m wide and 4m high with 230mm (approx. 9 in.) walls and will be home to over 1,200 fish from Heron Island located near the Great Barrier Reef.
Built by Colorado-based Reynolds Polymer Technology, the massive aquarium posed some serious constraints while getting it to the Heron Tower construction site. The aquarium had to transported on its side in a protective steel frame and later moved upright and temporarily installed to allow the rockwork, artificial reef decorations and operational equipment to be added. The tank will be moved to its permanent location later this summer.
“The aquarium is a masterpiece of design and manufacturing, that fits perfectly with the high quality workmanship involved in all aspects of this development,” notes Steve Evans, Development Director at Heron International. “Its arrival on site at the Tower marks another milestone in the property’s development. We are looking forward to Heron Tower’s completion in February 2011, when this landmark building will be opening its doors to tenants.”