5 Broadgate is a bold response to the client’s requirements and the key issues of the site. The world class office headquarters for financial services firm UBS will house up to 6,000 staff and include four state-of-the-art trading floors to accommodate up to 750 traders per floor. The scheme represents a further stage in the successful evolution of the Broadgate office estate and allows UBS to consolidate its trading operations into one building, resulting in the retention of one of the world’s leading investment banks in the heart of the City of London.
The 12-storey building will be a major new ‘groundscraper’ with an extremely high quality of materials and detail . The floorplates are designed specifically for the client with the ability to be adapted in the future to suit possible change of use or tenant. The scheme will reinvigorate the public realm and improve connectivity between the key public spaces within Broadgate, as well as enhancing wider City integration.
The bold building form has been conceived as a perfectly cast metal object – an engine block with surfaces and details which are beautifully machined to graphically accentuate solids and voids, light and shadow. The facade expresses the building’s functions and mediates between the internal and external environment; the cladding plays an integral part in the energy efficiency of the building, with the solid facade mitigating the effects of solar gain and exceeding high sustainability targets.Location: London, UK
Developer: British Land and GIC
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
Building Services Engineer: Watkins Payne Partnership
Cost Consultant: Sense
Development Manager: M3 Consulting
Planning Consultant: DP9
Area: 3.2 acres Timetable:
Agreement to Lease: July 2010
Planning Application: December 2010
Commence demolition: May 2011
Commence substructure: March 2012
Commence superstructure: January 2013
Shell and core complete: November 2014