The Broadgate Tower, London, UK
Client: British Land
Building Type: Office
Date of completion: 2008
Total Area: 1,145,377 sq. ft. (106,409 sq.m)
Total Height / Floors: 585 ft. (178 m) / 35
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Structural Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
MEP Engineer: Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease, Inc
|The Broadgate Tower is the first developer-led speculative office tower to be built in the City of London and presents a model for the next phase of development of the City cluster. Its striking structural form, born out of an innovative design response to site constraints, is reflected in the major facades. The Broadgate Tower creates a landmark for the northern gateway to the City. Th e side-mounted cores provide clear and open fl oor plates. They are reached via Destination Hall Call Control double deck elevators—the fi rst such combined installation in Europe.|
At ground level, the covered Galleria delivers units for shops and dining, high quality public space and creates a route through from Broadgate to the north and east. The site was created by building a 2.3 acre raft over the existing rail tracks running into Liverpool Street Station. The structure was developed in response to the need to span these tracks, whilst the form is specifically designed to maintain the St. Paul’s View Corridor, which bisects the site.
The Broadgate Tower allows British Land to increase the diversity of tenant space in Broadgate, provide more ground floor space for public use, maximize the potential of a site near a major transportation hub and create a new pedestrian route across the site.
Sustainability was an integral part of the design approach from the inception of this project, which lead to an efficient building without compromising on operational performance. Th e landscaping at The Broadgate Tower provides quality urban spaces and amenities. 23 trees planted inside and outside the Galleria will add to the relaxed atmosphere of this development. Up to 13 meters (43ft ) tall, these trees will sit in special grated pits sunk into the surface of the Galleria and Plaza and there will be a “green” wall at the southwest of the Plaza designed to screen the three-storey wall of Broadwalk House.
For more information on The Broadgate Tower please visit the building website.