Bloomberg’s London office has been named the winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize. Bloomberg’s new European HQ, designed by Foster + Partners, was described by the judges as “a once-in-a-generation project which has pushed the boundaries of research and innovation in architecture”.
In December 2010, Bloomberg embarked on the construction of a new building in the heart of the City of London. Stanhope was appointed to manage and coordinate the development of what would become an iconic scheme that pushes the boundaries of sustainable office design.
Included in the building plans were integrated ceiling panels that would incorporate 500,000 LED lights, helping use 40% less energy than a typical office. Water conservation systems were installed all throughout the building, helping save 25 million litres of water each year. A Derbyshire sandstone frame supports bespoke bronze fins that give the building a breathable membrane, aiding ventilation and shading.
As part of the work to construct Bloomberg’s new HQ, Stanhope undertook a much-needed new entrance for Bank Station. The new entrance is part of TfL’s £600m revamp of Bank and is streamlining a notoriously knotty station experience.
In addition to being in a conservation area, the building would also take place on the site of one of the most important finds from Roman Britain: the Temple of Mithras. The Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) came on board to fully excavate the site by hand from 2012-14.
Working with conservationists, artists and archaeologists, Bloomberg has restored the Temple of Mithras to the site of its discovery, 7m below modern street level (roughly street height in Roman times), and created a gallery space where a collection of Roman writing tablets and other artefacts uncovered on the site can be found on display.
The building scored 98.5% in its BREEAM assessment at design stage – making it the most sustainable commercial building in the world on the BREEAM scale. The building delivers a 73% saving in water consumption and a 35% saving in energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions.