22 Bishopsgate

Lime Street EC2N
Commercial building

Key Details

22 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4BQ
December 2020
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22 Bishopsgate is an office building in the City of London EC2.

AXA IM - Real Assets developed the 62-storey 278-metre skyscraper on behalf of an international consortium of investors, with Lipton Rogers Developments retained as a developer. Practical completion was reached in December 2020.

The new 278m 62-storey office building offers 1.275 million sq ft of high specification office space, arranged across four office zones.

The retail units are located on the eastern side of the building fronting onto Crosby
Square/Great St Helen’s.

The building houses a fresh food market, innovation hub, gym, wellbeing retreat and spa, curated ‘art walk’, business club, cycle hub, destination restaurant, and London’s highest free public viewing gallery. It will be the first UK tower to contain in excess of 100,000 sq ft of integrated amenity and social spaces.

22 Bishopsgate’s occupiers benefit from a broad range of amenities and common facilities across over 150,000 sqft of the building. These include a first of its kind, 20,000 sqft food hub called ‘The Market’ across the second-floor run in partnership with leading hospitality group, rhubarb. It will also feature an innovation hub – The Exchange, a gym with London’s first ‘sky-wall’ climbing window at 125 metres above ground on the 25th floor, a wellbeing space on the 41st floor – The Retreat, auditoria and business events space, services and club – Convene. In addition, it will also comprise an active commuter park with storage for ca 1,700 bikes and repair facilities, electric charging points and changing facilities, as well as the capital’s highest free public viewing gallery, and restaurant and bar with art interventions throughout.

The Building
No. of storeys: 62 above ground
Building height: 278m

The building's main superstructure comprises a steel-framed tower with a central supporting concrete core. The floor slabs are composite with cellular steel beams, providing a diaphragm-action restraint to the perimeter columns. 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 lightweight concrete mixes have been poured higher than ever before in London, supplying 54 floors so far and therefore exceeding the previous record in London of 50 floors at One Canada Square, Canary Wharf.

The basement is three levels deep with a network of supporting columns and transfer structures taking loads down to piled foundations. The façade is a closed-cavity glazed curtain wall system that circulates air within the cavity and allows the building to have very clear glazing whilst delivering a strong environmental performance.

22 Bishopsgate uses a range of new technologies and innovations including 52 double-decker lifts (of 60 in total) which can travel at 30 km per hour and will be the fastest in London. The operational team is using an app-based entry and security system which allows residents one-click registration and touchless access to the building using NFC or QR technology or (opt-in) facial recognition system. The app allows workers in the building to control smart blinds, which are built into the triple glazed windows to control sunlight as well as pre-order food and drink items from The Market to have ready for collection on entrance or booking app for a number of on-site services in the building, including meeting rooms and spa slots.

In partnership with Microsoft and Iconics, fault detection and diagnosis system have been implemented. All the technology and systems of the building operate over a converged network and are connected to this self-learning fault detection and diagnosis system. 22 Bishopsgate will collect over 1 million data points per day, on temperature, air, light, water and the flow of people, which will feedback into the system so it can self-learn and make continuous improvements. This will allow faults to be identified in real-time, increasing the number of repairs able to be made without having to call an engineer.

These innovations are fundamental to the operational team in delivering the commitments that have been set up to ensure that 22 Bishopsgate remains at the forefront of successful productive spaces. These commitments cover health, learning, inclusion and sustainability and are already being delivered: for instance, the energy for the building has been procured from 100% renewable sources, and all staff employed by the operational team at the building (already around 150) will wear sustainably sourced uniforms.

22 Bishopsgate was also the first building in the UK to apply for the WELL Building Standard and has been awarded a BREEAM Excellent sustainability rating.

22 Bishopsgate has been built to the highest sustainability standards both in environmental terms and in relation to the health and wellbeing of the occupiers over the long term.
Noise reduction: Triple glazed wall and windows, as well as being sustainable and giving better daylight, also reduces acoustics.
Air conditioning: The fresh air supply and central water supply have extra filtration in order to meet the WELL building standards.
Credentials: 22B is the first UK building to apply for the WELL building standard.
Floor height: floor-to-ceiling height space on each floor in 20% taller than you would get in a market-standard building. This gives a sense of volume, which impacts how the building's occupants feel.
Windows: Triple glazed windows boost the level of natural daylight by 60%, reducing need for internal lighting. Sensors will detect if parts of the building are being overheated by the sun and blinds will drop automatically to the specific part of the buildings being impact. Stopping the space overheating saves energy in cooling down.

There are 5 main entrances on the ground level leading to reception areas - 3 at the Bishopsgate footway on the western side and 2 from Crosby Square on the eastern side.

The entrance for the viewing gallery and the restaurant has a separate entrance on the southern side of the building.

Cyclists parking in the basement can be accessed via a dedicated stairway on Undershaft.

4 dedicated disabled car parking spaces on basement level 2 are accessed from Undershaft.

Upon practical completion in December 2020, the building was 60% pre-let to 14 firms.

- Hiscox - 22 Bishopsgate will become Hiscox’s principal office in London, taking 75,000 sq ft (c. 6,960 sqm) on the 8th, 9th and 10th floors.
- Convene
- Canopius
- Cooley
- Hiscox
- Nasdaq
- Statkraft
- THB Group
- US data analytics and risk assessment firm
- A fortune 100 technology company
- AXA Investment Managers.

Site & Location

Neighbouring Buildings - 6-8 Bishopsgate - The Leadenhall Building - 1 Great St Helen's - One Undershaft - 15 Bishopsgate - 35 St Helen's Gate - St Helen's Bishopsate


Liverpool Street Underground StationCentral, Circle, Hammersmith-city, Metropolitan
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Main Contractor
Planning Consultant
Structural Engineer
Flexible Offices
Move Management
Access Consultant
Cost Consultant
Façade Engineering
Landscape Architect
Heritage Consultant
CGI Artist
Brand Agency
Office Leasing
Office Leasing


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