Arup Associates and SOM
- Original design
- Arup Associates and SOM, 1984
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Broadgate City of London is the Capital’s premier business destination, home to some of the world’s largest corporations and leading professional practices where over 30,000 people work each day.
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 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 – helping the City hold its position as a global financial centre and providing companies with the facilities they need to succeed.
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 City of London is jointly owned by British Land and GIC.
Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merril (SOM), 155 Bishopsgate is one of a trio of buildings that is often referred to as “a skyscraper lying on its side”. Completed in 1988, the three Bishopsgate buildings (135, 155 and 175) form a 900 ft continuous frontage.
Constructed in a classical style, the monumental facades are framed with cylindrical turrets at the front corners. A colonnade with terraces, wide steps, balustrades and street lamps runs the full length at ground level. The buildings have been continuously refurbished since 2006 to maintain their exquisitely high standards.
Towering over you on arrival to 155 Bishopsgate, you’ll see two massive, wall-mounted bronze torsos by Jim Dine. Inspired by the Venus de Milo, the two perfectly proportioned figures symbolise female fertility, and embody romance and beauty. However, rather than replicating the Venus de Milo’s smooth surface, Dine’s pieces resemble archaeological artefacts, hand worked and rough to convey emotion and vigour.
In the far corner you’ll see William Tillyer’s Mechanics Institute. This abstract painted landscape gives hints of architecture, cloud, sky and foliage and is greatly admired by those visiting. Mechanics Institute compares the ever changing natural world with the solidity of architectural forms.
This multi-tenanted office space is currently occupied by AXA Investment Managers, Baring Asset Management, ETC Venues, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Lloyds Banking Group, Lothbury Investment Ltd, Marex Spectron, Mitel Networks Ltd, Norinchukin Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and Tullett Prebon.
Completed in 1987, One Broadgate, designed by Arup Associates, is one of Broadgate’s earlier buildings.
Designed to deliver what businesses urgently needed in technology terms, One Broadgate features a grand frontage, imposing lobby, large floor areas inside and an atria that suffuses daylight through all eight storeys.
The offices were refurbished to high standards between 2003 and 2005, and the reception lobby has recently undergone extensive modernisation. Take a look at the new feature lighting, directory board, furniture and clad walls.
This multi-tenanted office space is currently occupied by ETX Capital, GF Financial Markets, ICAP, Keefe Bruyette & Woods / Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited, Precise Media, Royal Mail Group and UBS University.
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.