Data Base

By Matt Alagiah
Mar 15, 2018 3:20 PM ET

Originally posted on

Few companies are lucky enough to have over €1bn to spend on building themselves new headquarters. But then few companies have the resources of Bloomberg, the global business and financial information company set up by Michael Bloomberg. Last October he and a team of architects from Foster + Partners unveiled a new European HQ, which was a decade in the making and now occupies a 1.3-hectare site in the City of London.

It’s the first building Bloomberg has built for itself and it shows. Michael Bloomberg set the ambition for the scheme, telling project architect Michael Jones: “I’d rather you begged for forgiveness than asked for permission.” As the price tag suggests, no holds were barred, from the materials to its sustainability. We took a tour to find out what kind of HQ €1bn buys you.

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