Drapers Gardens, BlackRock London Office, Building, English Design, Property
BlackRock Office Development in London – design by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
15 Feb 2010
Drapers Gardens London
Design: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
KPF APPOINTED TO CREATE NEW LONDON OFFICE FOR BLACKROCK
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has been appointed to create a new London office for BlackRock. The leading global investment management firm has taken the 292,418 ft2 Drapers Gardens in the City of London, following its recent acquisition of Barclays Global Investors.
KPF will work with BlackRock on a full fit out to create a modern, efficient working environment for approximately 2,000 employees. The office space is to be predominantly open plan supported by high quality meeting and ancillary employee facilities. A vital aspect of the brief is to unify the firm through a reflection of the combined culture which is anchored in a commitment to serving clients and investment excellence.
Commenting on the appointment, Dominic Dunn KPF’s London Managing Principal said: “We are delighted to have secured this prestigious project for one of the world’s leading investment management companies, which builds on the work KPF has undertaken with global occupiers all over the world.”
Richard Kushel, Vice Chairman at BlackRock, commented: “Located in the heart of the City of London, the new building provides an environmentally-friendly state of the art facility for our business and an excellent working environment for our employees.”
“Bringing our London offices into a single facility has been a high priority since BlackRock’s acquisition of Barclays Global Investors in December. This will further the integration and fully enable us to leverage BlackRock’s breadth of resources on behalf of our clients.”
KPF is working with KKS on the gathering and development of the brief. Gardiner & Theobald are the Project and Cost Managers for the scheme and Hurley Palmer Flatt are the MEP Engineers.
Drapers Gardens London information received 150210
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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is a practice headquartered in New York, with offices in London, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Abu Dhabi. With a staff of over 500 people worldwide, the firm provides architectural design, programming, urban design, master planning and graphic design services for clients in both the public and private sectors. An extensive portfolio, developed since its founding in 1976, includes a wide range of projects, from civic and cultural spaces to office, hotel and residential towers to educational and laboratory facilities.
At the core of our architectural practice is design excellence. KPF is committed to providing designs that create uplifting spaces for people, responding to community, context and environment. KPF’s strong body of work has earned the firm recognition as one of the most respected architectural design practices in the world. Our work has been widely exhibited and is the subject of thirteen monographs, and has won over 300 awards. We believe that these awards are a reflection of our commitment to design excellence. The innovative designs of the firm continue to shape the debate about the direction of architecture today.
BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At December 31, 2009, BlackRock’s AUM was $3.346 trillion. BlackRock offers products that span the risk spectrum to meet clients’ needs, including active, enhanced and index strategies across markets and asset classes. Products are offered in a variety of structures including separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. Headquartered in New York City, as of December 31, 2009, the firm has approximately 8,500 full-time employees in 24 countries and a major presence in key global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa.
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