Case Study - Bloomberg HQ
What's the Story?
Designed by Foster + Partners and located between the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral, the new site occupies 3.2 acres and provides approximately 1.1 million square feet of sustainable office space, three new public spaces, a retail area and a cultural hub that will restore the Temple of Mithras to its original site.
Working with principal contractor, Stanhope, Plowman Craven provided a range of surveying and monitoring services throughout the construction and fit-out stages of this extraordinary development, delivering area measurement reports and lease plans of both the North and South buildings, as well as real-time data on any structural impact of the construction.
A Unique Challenge
Much like recent projects we’ve worked on at King’s Cross Gasholders, Coal Drops Yard and the former BBC TV Centre, the unique curvature and geometry of the internal spaces at Bloomberg presented a significant challenge to our highly-skilled measurement team, as well as our specialist PC Monitoring division.
The task of measuring more than a million square feet was further complicated by the fact that the we were operating during the Category B fit-out stage.
This included working around the construction of the central circular television studio, the reconstructed Roman Temple of Mithras and newly built cultural hub, the bespoke 24-seat auditorium set within the heart of the building and the feature ‘vortex’ reception space - all of which are unique to the building.
How we did it
Using the latest total station technology, our survey teams worked methodically to accurately measure all usable space as set out in the RICS Code of Measuring Practice (6th edition) and RICS Property Measurement, 1st Edition. This included all of the retail spaces on the ground floor as well as the office areas.
Careful consideration was given to the location of survey set-ups owing to the building’s unique geometry, feature curves and bronze fins forming the perimeter façade. The vaulted reception area and the central spiralling ramp were particularly challenging, as was the fact that temporary flooring had a tendency to bounce. Again, all measurements had to be double-checked to ensure absolute accuracy.
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Plowman Craven has more than 50 years’ experience, we provide integrated measurement and consultancy services.