Tasked with creating a green building that wouldn’t block the view of St Paul’s Cathedral in central London from King Henry’s Mound, 14 miles away in Richmond (one of London’s protected vistas), Make Architects’ founder Ken Shuttleworth created this innovative 13-storey “groundscraper”. For its design, Shuttleworth was inspired by the idea of a “perfectly machined metal object” that alludes to the large historic buying and selling spaces of nearby Spitalfields and Billingsgate while providing four football-sized trading plates for its sole occupier, Swiss bank, UBS.
Expanding on an “engine of finance” theme, Make Architects wanted the building to appear as one block of metal to represent the business inside working as a single unit. With windows, courtyards, terraces and a giant 5 carved from the block, the result is an environmental departure that’s created from 39% of recycled materials (99% of construction waste was diverted from landfill) with 7,500 sq ft of green roof space; 1,900 sq ft of planting; 520 cycle spaces; the biggest array of solar panels in the City plus groundbreaking huge light pipes that carry natural light and ventilation throughout the building.
5 Broadgate has since become one of London’s most unique buildings with 65% lower carbon emissions than the previous two buildings on its site and a BREEAM Excellent for sustainability.