Bloomberg’s new European headquarters is in the heart of the City of London with a form, massing and materiality that is sensitive to its historic setting yet clearly of its own time. It is a building of quality that will endure, becoming a natural extension of the civic heart of the City, where it makes a significant contribution to the surrounding public realm. Bloomberg comprises two buildings connected at high level by bridges that span over a new arcade which bisects the site, reinstating the line of Watling Street, an ancient Roman road that originally ran across the site.
In contrast to the dignified exterior, the dynamic interior unites the 4,000-strong London workforce under one roof for the first time. A key objective was for the building to be an exemplar of wellbeing and sustainability. The design achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating, and the highest design-stage score ever achieved by any major office development, with self-shading facades and natural ventilation throughout the deep-plan spaces.
The process from design to construction was a collaborative enterprise between Bloomberg and Foster + Partners, with unprecedented levels of innovation resulting in a building that is an embodiment of the culture and values of Bloomberg.