The demolition of 4 Broadgate will be completed in April 2012.
30/01/2012 12:03 by Buildington
City of London welcomes decision not to list Broadgate.
Commenting on reports that Jeremy Hunt has rejected English Heritage's recommendation that the Broadgate Estate receive a grade II* listing, the City of London Corporation's Policy Chairman said:
"The City of London Corporation welcomes the Secretary of State’s decision to overturn English Heritage’s recommendation that the Broadgate Estate receive a grade II* listing.
"The City of London was opposed to this listing from the start, not only on architectural grounds but also because of the impact it would have had on the City’s international competitiveness - especially the impact it would have had on the development of UBS’ new European HQ at 5 Broadgate.
"The City is – and always has been – first and foremost a place of business and it must be allowed to adapt to meet the long-term business needs of current and potential future occupiers.
"Time and again, the Government has emphasised the importance of demonstrating that the UK is open for business; by refusing to list Broadgate, Jeremy Hunt has sent a positive message to the international business community.
"Post Big Bang, Broadgate helped facilitate the growth of the Square Mile into the world’s leading financial centre and, as a result of today’s decision, I have no doubt that it will play a leading role in helping the City to retain this status for many years to come."
16/06/2011 22:37 by
VICTORY FOR CITY A.M. CAMPAIGN
CULTURE secretary Jeremy Hunt will not save the Broadgate estate from demolition, City A.M. can reveal, marking a victory for our campaign against bureaucrats that wanted to protect the site.
Hunt is expected to announce today that he is rejecting advice from conservation body English Heritage, which recommended that the 1980s complex be awarded with Grade II* listed status.
The move will allow investment bank UBS to press ahead with plans to build a new £340m headquarters on the site of two buildings that are earmarked for demolition.
A source close to the process said Hunt disagreed with English Heritage’s opinion that Broadgate represented “outstanding quality” in terms of its architecture or historical interest.
The source added the culture secretary had listened to our campaign. His decision was based on the building’s architectural merits and historical factors alone.
The campaign attracted the support of several influential Tories such as Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who described English Heritage’s call for the site to be listed as “ludicrous”.
Lord Wolfson, the Conservative peer and chief executive of retailer Next, also threw his weight behind our calls for the culture secretary to dismiss the conservation group’s advice, warning that “unthinking bureaucracy is fossilising the UK”.
Mark Field, the MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, whose constituency is home to the Broadgate estate, also backed our calls to allow it to be redeveloped.
The City of London Corporation had given planning permission for the new 700,000 sq ft UBS building, which is being built by British Land and designed by Ken Shuttleworth, one of the architects behind the Gherkin.
English Heritage threatened to scupper the redevelopment, after it said the existing buildings should be listed because they were a “triumph of urbanism”.
Source: City A.M. cityam.com
15/06/2011 15:21 by
Dated but, like a casio calculator watch, worth keeping. - Michael Donnelly, Planning Blog planningblog.wordpress.com.
10/06/2011 19:00 by
For the first time bookmaker William Hill has opened a book on a building listing and is giving 4-7 that culture secretary Jeremy Hunt will not save the complex.
The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/jun/09/city-fights-broadgate-listing
10/06/2011 13:27 by
Plans by British Land Co. PLC and private-equity firm Blackstone Group LP to develop a new U.K. headquarters in London's financial district for Swiss bank UBS AG were dealt a blow Friday when an architectural watchdog recommended the existing site for protected status.
English Heritage said it had advised the U.K. government that the Broadgate office complex in the City be given 'listed' status because it possesses special architectural and historic interest, potentially throwing the development into disarray.
The architectural watchdog said that Broadgate Square should be protected as it is one of the most important and successful developments of its period and type, and that the buildings provide richness of material and quality of design.
U.K. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has the final decision on whether to list Broadgate because Tourism and Heritage Minister John Penrose has a potential conflict of interest due to his wife's position as non-executive director of British Land.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport said it hoped to announce a decision in around two months after reviewing submissions from interested parties, including British Land, the local authority and any other stakeholders.
English Heritage recommended that Broadgate be given Grade II status, which designates particularly important buildings of more than special interest. Only 5.5% of listed buildings fall into that category.
Broadgate would be the first major building of its era—it opened in 1985— to attain listed status, as it is not standard practice to protect buildings under 30 years old, but exceptions can be made if a site is under threat.
Source: Wall Street Journal June 3, 2011
05/06/2011 04:05 by Buildington
British Land leasing director Paul Burgess told the British Council for Offices conference in Geneva today that the City of London’s Broadgate needs to keep being developed despite calls for it be listed by conservation groups, writes Property Week.
Read the article: http://www.propertyweek.com/news/news-by-region/london/bco-2011-%60broadgate-cannot-be-static/5018166.article
16/05/2011 14:57 by Buildington
Heritage or horror? Row over Broadgate demolition plan by Robert Booth in The Guardian:
It was the City of London office complex that came to embody the brash, flash "loadsamoney" culture of the 1980s economic boom. Now the Broadgate complex is being threatened with the wrecking ball – just as it is being considered as the first major building of its era to be given listed status.
When the banking hub opened in 1985, its architects captured the soaring confidence of the decade by placing trading floors around an outdoor amphitheatre, where City workers swigged champagne and flaunted their brick-sized mobile phones. Twenty-six years later, leading architects, developers and planners are involved in a bitter dispute over plans by Broadgate's owners, British Land and Blackstone, to replace two of the main buildings with a vast £340m headquarters for the Swiss bank UBS.
Read the full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/12/broadgate-demolition-plan-row
13/05/2011 10:25 by Buildington
4 and 6 Broadgate will be replaced by 5 Broadgate.
24/04/2011 12:51 by Buildington