Our journey

In the past 30 years, Broadgate has grown into a diverse community where world-class dining meets excellent everyday staples, from public sculpture to the latest in sports and wellness facilities.

With Broadgate’s collection of shops, bars and restaurants soon set to triple, this is the history that’s defined one of London’s most dynamic neighbourhoods. 

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 at this time.

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 HQ for UBS, completed in June.

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

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

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