Broadgate Tower

SOM, Greater London, 2008


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Broadgate Tower in the London skyline 

Edmund Sumner (website)     Download Original

  • Broadgate Tower in the London skyline    
  • The project    
  • External structural bracing allows column-free floorplates    
  • Diagonal columns transfer the tower    
  • Broadgate Tower has a generous lobby    
  • Flooplates unencumbered by columns allow views over the City of London     
  • Floor to ceiling glazing allows natural light in    
  • The diagonal bracing is expressed on the inside corridors of the building as well as the external facade    
  • Viewing corridors constrain the floorplate of Broadgate Tower    
  • Floorplate of Broadgate Tower and 201 Bishopsgate. The latter follows the curve of the street    
  • Typical floorplates at Broadgate Tower. Floors 15-17 (left) and 24-33 (right)    
  • Cross section through Broadgate Tower and 201 Bishopsgate    
  • Sections of Broadgate Tower    
  • Diagonal columns transferring the load of the tower    
  • Detail of a strut connecting load bearing diagonal columns to the ground    

Tower to accommodate corporate open plan offices, which are flexible, unencumbered by columns and have natural daylighting

The brief was for efficient, relatively small, floorplates that would offer flexibility, quality views and natural light. As an addition to the London skyline the design had to consider the protected views from other prominent buildings around the city. The tower is shaped by these constraints.

External bracing provides support for column-free floorplates, alleviating the issues involved with internal configuration. The structure also breaks-up the facades through patterning.


  • Begun: Oct 2005
  • Completed: 2008
  • Floor area: 111,480m2
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £191M
  • Procurement: Construction management
  • Address: Broadgate Tower, Hackney, Greater London, E1 6DB, United Kingdom

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