A bold new building for Broadgate

  • One of the largest stainless steel-clad buildings in the world
  • A distinctive new architectural language
  • Revitalises the unique Broadgate context

5 Broadgate is a catalyst for a much wider regeneration that is re-energising a development stuck in aspic since the 1980s.

Nigel Webb
Development director, British Land

Project Details

Location London, UK
Status Built 2015
Sectors Office,
Area 65,310m²/703,000ft²
Client British Land

Our world-class headquarters for financial services firm UBS have raised the bar for office and workplace design. We worked with developer British Land to design a functional, pragmatic space that allows UBS to consolidate its London workforce for the first time. The result – a 13-storey ‘groundscraper’ – is visually innovative and represents a powerful vote of confidence in the City. Furthermore, it’s become a catalyst for regeneration in the Broadgate area.

We based our bold design on the form of a perfectly machined metal object – a symbol of the building’s internal function. The main facade is primarily constructed from stainless steel, which unifies the surface, establishes a strong presence, and reflects its bespoke nature and single occupier. This sense of robustness is rigorously carried through to the detailing, materiality and finishes, reflecting an architectural language of quality and precision. Inside, an ultra-rational arrangement of the structure and cores provides four large trading floors that can accommodate up to 3,000 desks, plus seven levels of offices.

We’ve enhanced the site’s flow and connectivity with new and improved pedestrian links at ground level, and rolled out detailed landscaping and specially commissioned public artworks to reinvigorate its public spaces.

5 Broadgate isn’t just new workspace for UBS – it’s a new City standard for efficient design.