Huge New Broadgate Office Block Revealed

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 86 months ago
Huge New Broadgate Office Block Revealed

5 Broadgate

In August, it emerged that investment bank UBS were planning to build a new headquarters in what would be the largest office in the Square Mile. Today, they've released the first image of what the behemoth will look like.

Located at 5 Broadgate, the development will replace two existing buildings that date from the 1980s. Though only thirteen storeys above ground, the commodious new building has 65,000 sq m of space, with some individual trading floors at 6,000 sq m, which the developers note is large enough to include an entire football stadium, should the traders want to practice their keepy-uppy skills. Design wise, the architects have gone for a brash, metallic look, and an imposing facade with a confusion of angular window-slits that fronts ungainly onto Broadgate Circle.

The unusual design is fairly typical for Make architects, the somewhat controversial practice headed by Foster + Partner alumnus Ken Shuttleworth, but has since made a dubious reputation with some 'challenging' (to put it diplomatically) projects, including this thankfully unrealised scheme near the Old Bailey.

Last Updated 10 December 2010

jamesup

Well that's horrible.

I'm glad its being built - we can use it as an example every time someone tries to argue for height limits.

Dean

That is rank!

Jean Michel Genre

Rather a low-quality Libeskind mock up isn't it?