Our Journey

Broadgate’s journey started nearly 30 years ago. Since then the business world has changed dramatically and so has Broadgate, constantly changing, adapting and refreshing – helping the City hold its position as a global financial centre and providing companies with the facilities they need to succeed.

Broadgate was born through an incredible insight into the changing needs of business. Advances in IT meant that banks and financial houses no longer needed to be near to the Bank of England and the Stock Exchange. What they did need were large trading floors, high performance IT equipment, more power and thousands of miles of cabling. And they wanted all this in the finest buildings, surrounded by fantastic public spaces. So Broadgate was born and we clearly got it right - 460,000 sq ft of leasing were wrapped up before the ground beams were even in place.

Here’s a brief insight into what has happened since:

1985: Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher launched the construction work of Broadgate

1986: Broadgate’s first set of buildings, 1, 2 and 3 Finsbury Avenue Square, designed by Arup Associates are complete

1987: Completion of 1&2 Broadgate, designed by Arup Associates

1987: His Royal Highness Prince Charles opened the Broadgate Arena, designed by Arup Associates, in December

1987: Torvill and Dean performed at Broadgate Ice Rink, the only open air ice rink in Britain

1998: Originally conceived as two separate buildings when completed in 1988, 100 Liverpool Street and 8-12 Broadgate are now a single structure

1988: 135, 155 & 175 Bishopsgate, Broadgate’s largest structure designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is complete

1988: 1 Appold Street complete

1989: Completion of Broadwalk House, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

1990: The innovative Exchange House, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is complete. The parabolic steel arches support most of the structure’s weight

1991: The completion of Broadgate and opening of Liverpool Street Station was marked by a visit on 5 December by Her Majesty The Queen

1991: Completion of 199 Bishopsgate, designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill

2004: Skidmore Owings & Merrill's 10 Exchange Square completes the western entrance to Exchange Square

2005: A range of public realm improvements were undertaken, introducing Gaucho Grill and the Lit Floor to Finsbury Avenue Square, as well as landscaping across Broadgate.

2008: The Broadgate Tower and 201 Bishopsgate, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, completed. The Broadgate Tower was the fourth highest tower in the City.

2012: John Robertson Architects refurbish 199 Bishopsgate with high standards of energy efficiency, a green roof and parking for bicycles and electric cars

2012: Started work on 5 Broadgate, a 700,000 sq ft pre-let scheme for UBS – the largest of its kind in the City of London.

2015: 5 Broadgate, the new Head Quarters for UBS, completed in June.

2015: Broadgate Circle, home to 11 restaurants and a boutique gym, opened on 15th April.

2018: Crossrail with links to Heathrow and beyond will be complete

To find out more visit our Welcome Centre in Finsbury Avenue Square, where you can explore this 30 acre development via our interactive model. Alternatively, pick up an Architecture Guide and Art Guide to explore Broadgate by foot.