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Tea Building

56 SHOREDITCH HIGH ST
London Borough of Hackney, England E1 GB
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Year Constructed: 1930
Floor Count: 7
Floor Area: 23,860 m²
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The Tea Building is an imposing eight-storey building that still dominates the junction of Shoreditch High Street and Bethnal Green Road.

It was initially built as a bacon factory for the Lipton brand. It's joined internally to the Biscuit Building next door, a slightly older but equally impressive warehouse which was principally used as a tea packing warehouse for most of its life.

In the Second World War an air raid shelter was added to the building, but despite the Luftwaffe's best efforts, Tea survived the blitz with little damage.

In 1947 part of the sixth floor was converted into a self-service staff canteen catering for over 500 staff and a passenger lift was added in 1950.

(from http://teabuilding.co.uk/#!/view/full-article/tea-building/history-construction-)

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Building Type: Office
Status: Complete

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Nick Katz added an image to Tea BuildingApr 20th, 2013
The Thornton Partnership connected to Tea BuildingMar 1st, 2013

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