The scheme facilitated same-day trading between London, America and Japan post "Big Bang" (the end of "open outcry" trading in favour of electronic dealing), leading to global demand from financial tenants for office space with trading floors.
Extensive research allowed us to challenge traditional performance criteria and specifications for London offices, including occupation density, floor loadings, power use and lift provision. New standards were set for construction speed, cost-efficiency, site safety and quality. This was a testament to our policy of repeat business with professionals and contractors throughout the project, whilst constantly challenging them to improve their performance.
The development included 12 new buildings, pedestrian routes, three new public squares including an ice rink and incorporated an impressive collection of public art.
As information technologies have evolved the buildings have proved their flexibility and quality. They remain efficient, lettable and provide value for money, as well as an invigorating working environment.
The project has received more than 30 awards for architectural, construction and environmental excellence.