Sir Edward Lister, the Mayor of London's Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Planning
In the 1980s, advances in IT meant that financial firms no longer needed to be physically near to the Stock Exchange. A two year research programme identified that what they did need were large trading floors, high performance equipment and space to conceal thousands of miles of cabling. They also wanted all this in well located, prestigious buildings that could operate 24/7 in response to the increased activity following deregulation. So a new international financial centre was born - Broadgate.
Stuart Fraser, The City of London Corporation’s Policy Chairman
The Broadgate masterplan created a vision of outstanding buildings that meet the needs of modern occupiers, surrounded by open spaces and art, with pleasant pedestrian routes interweaving throughout. Built in phases, each individual element of Broadgate thus contributes to a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts - a dynamic destination that evolves whilst keeping its sense of unity.
For fans of dramatic skylines, it may be the dizzy heights of The Broadgate Tower. For engineers and innovators, perhaps the grand arches of Exchange House. For others, Exchange Square, where the Broadgate Venus serenely overlooks Liverpool Street Station. What gets your vote?
To find out more about Broadgate, please visit our Welcome Centre in Finsbury Avenue Square, where you can explore this 30 acre development via an interactive model.
For an insider’s view, we’d love you to join us in September for London's Open House event, when we open the doors to some of Broadgate’s best known buildings.