Arup Associates and SOM
- Original design
- Arup Associates and SOM, 1984
The 2017 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2018 programme on 21st August.
Broadgate is central London's largest pedestrianised neighbourhood, and includes a rare collection of dynamic urban spaces. It is a diverse community connecting innovation and finance, and is a public arena for new food, retail and culture.
Visit the Broadgate Welcome Centre in Finsbury Avenue Square to find out more about this 32 acre campus.
Inside you’ll find an interactive model of Broadgate which links to a screen showing information about our buildings, art, transport links and our shops and restaurants. You can also use our wall mounted screen to browse the Broadgate website.
The team can let you know what’s on, give you directions and tell you more about our journey. Pick up an art trail leaflet and a guide to Broadgate’s Buildings to fully explore the site.
Broadgate’s journey started nearly 30 years ago. Since then the business world has changed dramatically and so has Broadgate, constantly adapting and refreshing.
Broadgate was born through an incredible insight into the changing needs of business. Advances in IT meant that banks and financial houses no longer needed to be near to the Bank of England and the Stock Exchange. What they did need were large trading floors, high performance IT equipment, more power and thousands of miles of cabling. And they wanted all this in the finest buildings, surrounded by fantastic public spaces. So Broadgate was born and we clearly got it right – 460,000 sq ft of leasing were wrapped up before the ground beams were even in place.
As well as an eclectic mix of architecture, Broadgate is also home to a number of beautiful open spaces, which host exciting year-round events, and an impressive art collection by acclaimed British and international artists.
Broadgate is jointly owned by British Land and GIC.
The innovative Exchange House, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, completed in 1990. Like much of Broadgate, Exchange Square and the surrounding buildings are located above the busy tracks leading to Liverpool Street Station, leaving little room for traditional foundations.
Undeterred, this building was ingeniously engineered to take advantage of air rights and was constructed using sophisticated bridge-building technology.
Erected on arches to distribute weight on to the piers, steel arches also span two sides of the building. Seemingly decorative, these actually support the weight of much of the structure.
With its unique engineering and dramatic appearance, Exchange House was named Best Commercial Building by the British Council for Offices, won a European Award for Steel Structures and collected a Progressive Architecture Award for Innovation.
Exchange House is currently occupied by F&C Asset Management, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, SG Hambros Bank Limited, Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, Société Générale Securities Services and Stibbe.
A relatively new addition to the Broadgate family, 10 Exchange Square, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, was completed in 2004.
Forming a grand entrance to Exchange Square, the building is currently occupied by Close Brothers Asset Management, Esemplia Emerging Markets, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Western Asset Management.
Climbing the wide granite steps outside, you may notice what looks like a reflection in this glass fronted building. However all is not as it seems, as the steps rise both inside and outside the building, creating a mirror image.
This 12-storey office building was completely refurbished in 2012 by John Robertson Architects with high standards of energy efficiency.
The reception is home to ten screen-prints from Michael Craig-Martin, most famously known as the artist who created 1973's iconic The Oak Tree.