The ground level public space, which includes escalators offering direct access into the building itself, is one of the largest reception areas the City has ever seen. At once generous and welcoming, it offers a seamless transition from the street into the building, and makes a positive contribution to the life of the City; creating a major new hub and meeting place for people living and working in the Square Mile.
The reception area in The Leadenhall Building is a bold celebration of the engineering and design expertise that characterises the building – and a reflection of the aspirations of its occupiers. Within the stunning double height space, sleek high gloss finishes and custom-made furniture point to an uncompromising attention to detail, and support the very best in customer service, creating an indelible impression on everyone who enters the building.
While the south side is dominated by the megaframe, the north side is quite different: all the building’s services are contained in the north core, a separate structure with a vivid ‘electric mustard’ yellow steelwork frame and alternating blocks of red and blue glass. The bright colours are a signature element of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ architecture.
The north core is animated by its array of glass panoramic lifts. They are the fastest in Europe, taking just 30 seconds to reach the 45th floor. The activity and movement of the 6,000 people who will work in The Leadenhall Building will be seen behind the encasing glass contributing to the experience of The Leadenhall Building from outside.
With light flooding in from three sides, and minimal columns, there’s nothing standing between you and some of the most breathtaking views in London, looking south, east and west over the City, the River Thames and beyond.
Most high-rise buildings are built around a central concrete core to provide lateral stability – not at The Leadenhall Building. Instead the steel megaframe gives the building its strength and also means office floors have very few internal columns, allowing a great deal of flexibility in how the space can be used.