22 Bishopsgate: a perfumed 62-storey village for City workers

22 Bishopsgate: a perfumed 62-storey village for City workers 150 150 Canopius

22 Bishopsgate is big, as large as a container ship perched on its end. At an all-inclusive total of just over 195,000 sq metres, it’s probably the largest office building ever built in Britain. At 278 metres high – or 62 storeys – it comes second only to the 310-metre Shard as the tallest building in the country. Which raises two questions. Is there such a thing as too big when it comes to such buildings? And is so much space needed at a time when remote working and the altered habits of the pandemic might conceivably reduce the demand for conventional office space?

The project, which stands in the City of London, has been developed by Lipton Rogers Developments on behalf of the investment managers Axa and an international consortium of investors. Stuart Lipton, one of Lipton Rogers’ founders, believes that 22 Bishopsgate happily meets the demands and desires of a world that has changed in ways that no one predicted. So far it is 60% let, to businesses such as the US law firms Cooley and Covington & Burling and the insurance companies Hiscox and Beazley, with more tenants “on the way”.

Lipton calls it a “vertical village”, designed to make work sociable and pleasurable. “An office building should be lively,” he says. “We’re all social animals … people want to experience life.” He believes that, in the world of office design, Covid-19 provides an occasion to realise that “everyone had got stuck”. From now on, is the idea, businesses will have to work harder to attract people into the office. A former trend towards smaller desk spaces will be reversed. Employees might come in slightly less often, but when they do they will be offered a better experience: less battery-farmed, more free-range.

So 22 Bishopsgate, which is designed by Karen Cook of the architects PLP, has art, colourful and splashy, in the triple-decker entrance lobby and the high-speed double-decker lifts, built into the glass canopies that overhang the pavement and an “art street” running down one side. Some of it is permanent, some part of a changing display. The building is also dedicated to “wellness”, which means it has a 41st floor “retreat” and a glass climbing wall on the 25th floor, so you can practice your skills with panoramas of London vertiginously spread before you. There are bike parks and showers in the basement, a “club” on the 57th floor, and “the Market” on the second floor, which is an extensive area of coffee shops and bars and “changing street-food style stalls”.

The public will, with a bit of caution, be invited in. There is a viewing gallery at the top of the building which, unlike the £25-a-pop version in the Shard, will be free to enter – and, unlike the Walkie-Talkie’s “sky garden”, will not be colonised by an expensive bar. The outlets in the Market will be open to the public at some times of day, though to what extent will be decided once the demand from 12,000 workers inside the building has become clear. The entrance area is intended to be open and welcoming, with curated soundtracks, “signature scent” and accessible, dressed-down staff. It presents a long glass wall to the street, and can be freely entered until you get to the security barriers through which the office floors are reached.

For Lipton, all this is a continuation of the developments he has been doing since the 1980s: an office campus called Chiswick Park, in west London, and the Broadgate development near Liverpool Street station, which included an ice rink among its attractions. It combines what he has long called “quality architecture” – glass walls designed to maximise natural light, higher than usual ceiling heights – with the elements designed to enhance the lives of workers. It is rated “excellent” under the BREEAM assessment of the sustainability of buildings, and although its construction will have used plenty of energy-intensive steel and concrete, Lipton is proud to have re-used concrete piles from a previous construction on the site.

22 Bishopsgate is also a version of the fun-and-games facilities with which the tech giants of Silicon Valley attract valued employees, albeit adjusted to the more sober tastes of the City of London. I’ve heard the phrase “vertical village” before, with reference to the Shard and to the 230-metre Salesforce Tower (formerly the Heron Tower), which is just along Bishopsgate from number 22, and I would question the extent to which an office block can be village-like or a village be vertical. A lift is not a lane, and villages tend to grow over time out of a multiplicity of tenures and uses, not from the decisions of a single property consortium. There’s a limit to how market-like the Market can be: it is inevitably a highly managed environment.

But never mind. There’s plenty to like about the idea of enriching office workers’ lives, and 22 Bishopsgate does more in this respect than other speculative City office blocks. Mostly you want more of it: if the inner life of the building drives the design, then it would be good to see it break out. Terraces and balconies and porticoes could become the most significant parts of the architecture, rather than the somewhat inscrutable glass cladding that wraps it. The entrance would be a social zone first and an office lobby second. At present, dominated by escalators and curiously short of seating, it doesn’t fully achieve this.

Its villagey-ness is also at odds with its size. 22 Bishopsgate is on a suitable site for a tall and large building, but by straining to maximise every cubic metre, it threatens to crush its own good intentions. A less bulky building would allow more give and take between itself and its surroundings, and would be less overbearing to its neighbours and on the skyline. Karen Cook has done her best to sculpt and flute its form, so that, from some directions, it looks almost graceful, but from others there’s no disguising its vastness.

Its scale is partly to do with the history of the site: there was a previous proposal here, for a swoopy, glassy thing called the Pinnacle, also named the Helter Skelter by an Evening Standard headline writer, conceived at the height of the mid-00s love of iconic architecture. It proved too fanciful to survive the 2008 crash; eventually construction stuttered to a halt, leaving the concrete stump of a lift core that was embarrassing to the City’s image as a world financial centre. So Lipton’s proposal to solve their problem, made viable by colossal amounts of floorspace, proved attractive.

This is a story typical of London planning, whereby a series of pitches and false starts, costing years, or even decades, of lost time and many millions in consultants’ fees, end up with a compromise between the needs of business and those of the urban fabric. The project gets bigger and bigger, in part to pay for all the costs sunk into the bizarrely inefficient process. It would surely be better all round if there were a clear and strong statement at the outset as to what would work best for the surrounding city, and less haggling as to what that might be.

There is much that’s good about 22 Bishopsgate, and it was created by serious people. Its relatively dignified form is preferable to the frenzy of wonky would-be icons that surround it, and its high entrance hall is more appealing than that of most of its competitors. But it’s hard to be a container ship and a village at the same time.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/may/23/22-bishopsgate-review-city-of-london-biggest-office-building-lipton-rogers

Multiplex hands over the tallest building in the Square Mile

Multiplex hands over the tallest building in the Square Mile 708 1062 Canopius

Construction of the £500m building, described as ‘Europe’s first vertical village’ started in January 2017, on the foundations of the stalled Pinnacle project.

Multiplex has now handed over the building to the developers and the new occupants, including insurance companies Axa and Hiscox, are set to start moving in during the first part of 2021.

This article was published in The Construction Index…the read in full, click here.

22 Bishopsgate Complete

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Europe’s first vertical village, 22 Bishopsgate, has reached completion.

Powered 100 per cent by renewable energy, 22 Bishopsgate is designed to put people first and aims to set new technology and sustainability standards for the workplace alongside commitments to health, learning and inclusion.

This article was published in This Week in Facilities Management…click here to read in full.

Work on the tallest building in the City is now complete

Work on the tallest building in the City is now complete 1372 772 Canopius

Check out the view from the top of the City’s newest skyscraper, now London’s second-highest building

Some of your bigger plans for 2020 might have been put on hold, but work on one of London’s tallest buildings was finally completed. Structural work on 22 Bishopsgate has come to a close making the skyscraper the highest in the City of London – at 278 metres tall. Above is a picture taken from the the crane used for the project, from which you can spy Europe’s tallest building The Shard, off in the cloudy distance – the only building in London taller than this new addition….

This article is from Time Out…click here to read in full.


Canopius announces main contractor for 22B fit-out

Canopius announces main contractor for 22B fit-out 150 150 Canopius

We are happy to advise that Canopius has engaged the services of BW Interiors as our main contractor for the fit-out of our floors at 22B. BW have significant experience of working on projects in mega towers (22B is now one of only 3 mega towers in the UK) and understanding the delivery priorities and challenges for projects of this nature. In light of the current fast moving situation regarding the Coronavirus outbreak we will be working with BW Interiors to mitigate the risk to the completion of the fit-out and any delays to the construction works caused by the Coronavirus.

22 Bishopsgate to house 20,000 sq ft food hub

22 Bishopsgate to house 20,000 sq ft food hub 1640 700 Canopius

This article is from The Caterer and was written by Katherine Price

The space will be run as a partnership between foodservice firm Rhubarb, grassroots talent champion Young British Foodies (YBFs) and building owner and developer AXA IM – Real Assets.

Occupying the 62-storey skyscraper’s second floor communal space, the Market will include a restaurant and adjoining terrace, a wine bar, street-food style kiosks and pop-ups that are continually rotated. The 450-cover space will also house an events and cultural area for talks, music and private events.

Only accessible to the 22 Bishopsgate community during the day, it will open its doors to the public outside business hours and on Saturdays and will also offer food and catering services directly to the 12,000 people working at 22 Bishopsgate.

The YBFs will select operators for the kiosks, while Rhubarb will oversee the wider culinary offering and management. The design of the market is a collaboration between New York’s the MP Shift and Brighton’s Design LSM.

Amy Morris, co-founder and creative director of the MP Shift, said the aim is to create spaces that “invite collaboration and spark ideas”; while Karen Taylor, projects director at Design LSM, said the development will be a “highly polished and thoughtful aesthetic capturing the spirit of a modern day guild”.

Lily Jones, co-founder of the YBFs and founder of the acclaimed Lily Vanilli bakery in East London, said 22 Bishopsgate would create a permanent platform “to incubate concepts from the food and drink stars of the future”.
Harry Badham, UK head of development at AXA IM – Real Assets, said: “We want the offer to stay relevant over time, adapting and evolving in response to trends and tastes to best serve 22 Bishopsgate’s community, and we believe we have created a unique collaboration that will achieve this aim.”

22 Bishopsgate will also house a gym and wellbeing retreat, a curated ‘art walk’, a business club, auditorium, meeting spaces, cycle hub, and London’s highest free public viewing gallery.

This article is from The Caterer and was written by Katherine Price

London’s first climbing window to open

London’s first climbing window to open 800 500 Canopius

This article is from London the Insider and was written by Christina

Prepare to have proper office envy as 22 Bishopsgate, the City’s latest skyscraper, is going to be home to London’s first climbing window. Yes that’s a climbing wall on the window 25 storeys up. The holds will be directly onto the inside of the windows, so you’ll have epic views over the City and the feeling of scaling a skyscraper without all the danger and risk of death.

The building will also be home to a gym, a wellness space, a bar and lounge, a viewing gallery and restaurant, and a massive food market run by The YBFs. The Market will feature a restaurant and terrace, a wine bar, street food-style kiosks and pop-ups, and an events space. The YBFs, known for picking out the future stars of the industry, will be curating the selection of traders and operators for the kiosk part of The Market, with rhubarb managing the rest of the space.

It’ll only be accessible to those who work in 22 Bishopsgate during the day but outside business hours and on weekends, it’ll open up to the public so we can all get in on the action.

This article is from London the Insider and was written by Christina

Taller, faster, better – London’s latest super-tower

Taller, faster, better – London’s latest super-tower 1100 750 Canopius

This article is from The Construction Index

When 22 Bishopsgate is completed later this year it will not only be another landmark for the City of London but it will also be a demonstration of the ingenuity and expertise of the UK structural steel industry.

The development comes with a flourish of superlatives: it will be the tallest tower in the financial district; it will be serviced by what are promised to be the fastest lifts in Europe; and the 57th floor will be home to the highest public viewing platform in western Europe.

Standing at 278m tall, the building will provide 118,000m2 of flexible workspace for all sizes of businesses and will house 12,000 workers, a gym, indoor market, cycle storage hub, art gallery and social spaces.

Yet this achievement will be all the more remarkable for having been built upon the remains of the previously stalled Pinnacle scheme.

22 Bishopsgate incorporates the below-ground elements of its predecessor, including three floors of basement and a raft slab supported on piled foundations. Reusing all the existing piles, which were not in the optimum positions for the new structure, meant introducing transfer structures at basement level and level two to support columns that do not have a pile directly below them.

From ground level upwards it is a steel-framed structure surrounding a large central core, with minimal internal columns ensuring long clear spans of up to 17m. Severfield was contracted to provide the connection design and then fabricate and construct the steelwork on site. According to main contractor Multiplex: “The final building will contain 17,023 tonnes of steelwork, made up of 14,593 individual pieces of steel.”

Designed by PLP Architecture for AXA IM-Real Assets and Lipton Rogers, 22 Bishopsgate presented challenges both in design and delivery. The design required superelevations and axial shortenings, and posed complex geometrical questions, particularly at the two double-height outrigger truss floor levels. Delivery was restricted to two access points: one shared pit lane on Bishopsgate and the out-of-hours use of the undershaft between 22 Bishopsgate and 122 Leadenhall.

“The floor slabs are composite with cellular steel beams, providing a diaphragm-action restraint to the perimeter columns,” says PLP. “There are three column positions on either side of the core to act as outrigger lateral stability structures. These outriggers, contained within two plant room floors, are connected to the core through storey-deep trusses.”

The basement level transfer structure supports one column that extends up to the full height of the building. The transfer structure is a 15m-long plate girder weighing approximately 97 tonnes. Meanwhile, the level two transfer structure is another giant steel member that also transfers loads from perimeter columns. This plate girder weighs more than 100 tonnes and is 14m long.

To preserve an existing access route to the basement loading bay Severfield designed, fabricated and erected a structure nicknamed the ‘Rhino’ truss because of its shape. This truss weighs around 150 tonnes and is composed of site-bolted booms, nodes and diagonals, with the heaviest node weighing approximately 20 tonnes. Two tower cranes were required to install it.

This article was first published in the September 2019 issue of The Construction Index magazine (magazine published online, 25th of each month.)

This article is from The Construction Index

City of London’s tallest skyscraper set for topping out

City of London’s tallest skyscraper set for topping out 1100 750 Canopius

This article is from New Civil Engineer and was written by Connor Ibbetson

The tallest building in the City of London will be topped out today.

Standing at 278m tall, 22 Bishops Gate Street, will become the tallest addition to the growing City of London skyline – standing 48m taller than the city’s previous tallest tower Heron Tower.

Designed by PLP Architects, WSP has worked as the project’s consultant, while Multiplex has acted as main contractor.

The 62-storey office tower will be the second tallest building in Western Europe, just behind the Shard which measures 310m.

However, 22 Bishopsgate will have London’s highest occupiable floor space, with a public viewing gallery and bar on the top floors accessed with dedicated lifts from the public lobby.

WSP took over the running of the project in 2015 at the site of the canned “Pinnacle” project, which was little more than a hole in the ground, with the basement and tower foundations renamed by Londoners as “The Stump” after former developers backed out after the project became non-profitable

WSP project engineer Alex Black-Roberts told New Civil Engineer that to keep the project viable, WSP would had to maximise the floor space within, which presented the first challenge as the existing Pinnacle foundations were too small for the final version of 22 that designers had drawn up.

“One of the biggest engineering challenges was building a much bigger building on the smaller existing foundations [left over by the previous developers],” he said. “We snitched these together with our new foundations, reusing 100% of the Pinnacle foundations and 50% of the basement, all of which was strengthened with our own new piling.

“Without building the bigger footprint on the smaller foundations, the project would have been unviable,” he added.

On the 37th floor three pairs of outriggers on each side of the building connect the steel frame to the concrete core. This has the benefits of allowing engineers to build wider floors by reducing stress exerted on the building by high winds, but also allows for a smaller core – maximising usable square footage in the building.

Logistics involved in such a tall build presented another challenge, Black-Roberts said. “For a building this size, and with over 1,000 people on site, just getting people, plant, and materials in and out, and up and down, has been a real challenge we had had to over-come with a balanced schedule for the internal hoists and [four tower] cranes.”

This article is from New Civil Engineer and was written by Connor Ibbetson

This high-tech London skyscraper is the envy of every office worker

This high-tech London skyscraper is the envy of every office worker 1100 750 Canopius

This article is from Wired written by Chris Stokel-Walker

At 22 Bishopsgate, architects have created a skyscraper with new technology woven into every aspect of the design.

London’s newest skyscraper is only the second tallest building in the UK (after The Shard), but the 278-metre tower rises highest when it comes to technology.

The 62 storeys of 22 Bishopsgate, due to open soon, build in a host of innovations, from the way the design protects pedestrians in London’s financial district against downdrafts caused by the whipping winds, to the military-designed logistics system to prevent traffic snarls around its base.

“In some instances we encountered problems we couldn’t solve and technology helped us solve them,” says Karen Cook of PLP Architecture, the company that designed the building. For instance, those winds: adding a new tower to an already complex skyline can cause the air to move in mysterious ways, and stringent planning laws in the City of London prevent new constructions from inadvertently causing wind tunnels on the ground.

PLP worked with engineers from Formula 1 to model every 10 centimetres of the building and the impact it would have on wind flows. The engineers created large-scale canopies, similar to those on the back of a race car, made out of steel and glass and ultra-high-performance reinforced concrete, to tamp down the wind flow – testing 23 different designs before settling on the best one.

The City of London was also keen to reduce the impact on traffic flows around the building: with space for vast numbers of tenants across the 1.275 million square feet of office space, and a density of one person per eight square metres, there’ll be huge numbers of people travelling to and from the building every day. The commuter crush is partly covered by the 1,700 cycle spaces in the basement, but deliveries are another problem.

A consolidated delivery management system, designed by an ex-army engineer, reduces the number of trips made to 22 Bishopsgate. “Instead of all the goods going to the building, they all go to a dispatch centre outside the city, they are offloaded, scanned for security and stored until the tenant requires them,” says Cook. A digital goods management system lets inhabitants call on supplies as and when they’re needed, delivering the goods outside of peak hours and using low-emission vehicles. This will halve the number of vehicles travelling to the building.

It’s not just the behind-the-scenes logistics of the building that are super-powered, though. Even the building’s facade is fine-tuned to tease out every last improvement. Glass with a lower proportion of iron than usual allows 60 per cent more light into the building than standard glass does, while each office unit will be assigned its own IP address so that those within the unit can intelligently alter the blinds using an app specific to the building.

Eight mobile phone beacons, part of a network providing five-bar connectivity throughout the development, will be placed on each of the 57 floors of office space in the building, able to transmit all four major phone networks – and they can be adjusted according to each tenant’s needs.

Unusually, the lifts, developed by manufacturer Otis and travelling at eight metres per second, were installed during the building process – to help 1,200 construction workers and their tools move around quickly. A biometric security system, using facial recognition software, can provide or prevent access to the building automatically, and once inside office workers using the building’s app can control everything from the ambient temperature to the level of light through the windows – as well as book meeting rooms and time in the on-site spa.

“The whole concept for the IT in the building is that it’s seamless,” says Danny Hall, of Lipton Rogers Developments, which has been overseeing the tech infrastructure within the building. Every action taken within 22 Bishopsgate will be sent into the cloud and analysed to monitor how tenants use the building. “We want the app to be a portal into the building, getting you through barriers, and a technological environment with which you can interact with the building,” he says.

This article is from Wired written by Chris Stokel-Walker