Inside Bloomberg’s Rome-inspired high-rise HQ
Known for its cutting-edge financial news, now it’s Bloomberg’s new European HQ that’s rising to a new level.
The nine storey, 40 meter building is opening next door to the Bank of England at St Paul’s this Autumn and has been dubbed “the biggest stone project in the City of London for a century”.
So what made Bloomberg choose London as the location for their first wholly owned and designed Bloomberg building?
The answer is quite simple — the shifting demographic of the city.
The number of tech, media and telecoms jobs has grown in the capital by 55% since 2010, with over 300 digital businesses moving to the City in just the last few years. Hence Bloomberg’s decision to move its operations even closer to the heart of the city.
And boy are its employees in for a treat. Bloomberg’s just released some stunning new images of the site.
It’s a Rome-inspired high-rise masterpiece…
The 3.2 acre site boasts its own arcade filled with restaurants on a once-lost Roman road (which ran from Dover to London and on to St. Albans).
Its outdoor areas sport water features that pay homage to the Walbrook, a river which flowed through the site during Roman times.
Archeology nerds will also be curious to hear that it’s actually built on one of the UK’s most significant archaeological discoveries in years, the ancient Temple of Mithras which has been restored as a cultural hub filled with artefacts to educate and entertain visitors.
Impressive from the outlook, it’s also the biggest stone project in the City of London for a century, featuring 9,600 tonnes of Derbyshire sandstone.
The HQ’s two buildings are connected by link bridges, while a spiral ramp spans seven floors inside the building.
Indoors, 1.1m square feet of open-plan office have been designed by environmentally-minded architecture practice Foster + Partners — giving the headquarters an ‘outstanding’ rating on the world’s green building scale.
Nearly 90% of materials and services used in the construction process were sourced from the UK.
Like every office in its 192-strong network, the building doesn’t have a traditional canteen — but instead features generously stocked ‘pantries’ for staff to raid for free coffee and snacks.
Feeling jealous yet?