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Case study: 5 Broadgate

Case study: 5 Broadgate

Article published 2019Estimated reading time 1 minute

Our world-class headquarters for Swiss investment firm UBS are raising the bar for modern workplace design. The building is the first of a series of new developments redefining and regenerating Broadgate Estate.

Every aspect of our design is tailored to the bank’s needs, from the 4 football pitch-sized floorplates, which can accommodate up to 750 traders each, to the increased ceiling height, which allows views across a busy floor (a must for traders). The bold stainless steel cladding accounts for 65% of the building’s envelope, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world.

At the time of completion, its BREEAM 'Excellent' score of 84.6% put it in the top ten highest-scoring office buildings in the UK.


London, UK








British Land

Project team

Arup, BuroHappold, DP9, FEDRA, Francis Golding, GIA, Hilson Moran, Hyland Edgar Driver, Jefferson Communications, M3 Consulting, Millerhare, Mace, Mace Cost Consulting, NDYLIGHT, Space Syntax, Steer Davies Gleave, URS, Watkins Payne Partnership

Make team

Michael Bailey, Matthew Bugg, Philippa Drinkwater, James Flynn, James Goodfellow, George Guest, Jane Hall, Robert Hall, Myoungjae Kim, Jason McColl, Craig Mundle, Jason Parker, Joanna Pilsniak, Ken Shuttleworth, Oliver Sprague, Ben Stuart, Georgina Walker, Bill Webb, Simon Whitehead, Charlotte Wilson

A new broadgate

The building is a defining feature of the rapidly redeveloping Broadgate Estate.

An expressive facade

The cut-outs in the building’s envelope reveal internal functions such as stairs and lifts.

Welcoming thousands

The building welcomes 6,000 traders, management and support staff each day.

Varied spaces

The non-trading floors have a mix of open-plan
workspace and breakout areas.


This article featured in Exchange Issue No. 1, which explores the future of the workplace sector with architectural discussions, developer interviews, industry expert essays, design case studies and more.

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