BLOOMBERG’s new European headquarters have been unveiled in the City of London, bringing 4,000 London staff under one roof for the same time.
The impressive new offices, designed by Lord Foster, have taken the best part of a decade to bring to fruition and are the first offices in the world to be wholly owned and created by Bloomberg.
Founder Mike Bloomberg attended the official unveiling this week along with Mayor of London Saqiq Khan.
Bloomberg’s 3.2 acre site is in Queen Victoria Street, just off Cannon Street, and features new public plazas including the Bloomberg Arcade which divides the development in two and is home to new restaurants with an international flavour.
9.5 million man hours has gone in to the development which has used 9,600 tonnes of Derbyshire sandstone.
Lord Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners said: “From day one, we talked with Mike Bloomberg about creating an elegant stone building that responds to its historic setting yet is clearly of its own time. We wanted the building to have integrity and continuity of expression both inside and out, creating an inspiring, innovative, dynamic and collaborative workplace for Bloomberg that embodies the core values of the company. Above all, we had a shared belief with Bloomberg that we should provide the highest standards of sustainability and wellbeing for its occupants, as well as create major new public spaces at ground level, making a significant contribution to the daily life of the City of London and its inhabitants.”
Replacing the former 1950s office building Bucklesbury House, the new Bloomberg offices have been built over an important Roman archaeological site – the ancient Temple of Mithras – which is being reconstructed and put on display in a new public space from next month.