Standing in the middle of the City of London, Bloomberg’s European Headquarters occupies a 3.2-acre site creating 102,200 square metres of office and retail space, whilst sympathetically fitting into its surroundings.
Designed by Foster + Partners, the RIBA Stirling Prize winning development consists of two triangular-planned buildings covered in hewn Yorkshire sandstone and bronze fins. A brass ramp spirals up through the centre of the building, while glass elevators face the exterior to give views out over London.
Given a rating of Outstanding by BREEAM assessors, the building was given a score of 98.5 per cent against its criteria – the highest that has been achieved so far by a major office development. It is designed to use 73 per cent less water and 35 per cent less than a standard office building.
The distinctive bronze blades on the side of the building can be opened and closed according to the weather. This natural ventilation system will take the pressure off more energy intensive air-conditioning systems.
Shadbolt were asked to manufacture and supply of bespoke FSC certified straight grain control random matched American cherry veneered panels, doors and doorsets. “Signal White” RAL 9003 paint lacquered FD30 and FD60 Shadmaster solid laminated timber fire performance and sound attenuating FSC certified doors were also supplied. Finally, straight grain American red oak high performance acoustic fire doors were supplied to the auditorium.