25th October 2017

© Nigel Young/Foster + Partners

Bloomberg unveiled its new European headquarters on Tuesday, 24th October, at an event hosted by its founder Michael R. Bloomberg in the company of Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London and the building’s architect Lord Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners. Located in the heart of the City of London, the new building brings Bloomberg’s 4,000 London-based employees under one roof and sees the reopening of Watling Street for the first time since WWII.

Space Syntax was appointed to advise Foster and Partners in the design of the building both externally and internally, to help to ensure a connected and integrated environment. We achieved this by undertaking spatial analysis to develop a detailed understanding of the existing movement patterns in and around the site. We were then able to test the strength of proposed connections through the site, and to assess the locations of public spaces and land uses in relation to pedestrian movement.

At the heart of our advice was the recommendation to reinstate Watling Street. We used spatial modelling techniques to demonstrate the beneficial impacts of doing so – both to building workers and to people across the City of London.

Space Syntax has in depth knowledge of the site through contributions to earlier schemes, initially in 1998 and subsequently in 2004 and 2006.

Read Bloomberg’s press release here.