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Revitalisation Of Broadgate Circle

Broadgate Circle Property

Broadgate Circle Property

British Land and the Blackstone Group have today submitted a planning application for the improvement of Broadgate Circle in the City of London. The proposals represent a significant investment in Broadgate’s public realm and retail facilities which will result in greatly improved amenity for those who visit and work at Broadgate and the reinforcement of Broadgate Circle as the Estate’s civic focus.

The famous Arena ice rink will be retained during the winter months and a range of diverse activities will continue to take place over the rest of the year. Broadgate Circle will have an enhanced performance space, with sightlines greatly improved at the lower levels by reducing the level of the performance space at its centre.

A stronger and more diverse retail offer is proposed. Seven restaurant and retail units at lower ground level will be arranged radially around the performance space, each with a dedicated area of outdoor seating covered by canopies to allow use of the seating areas for most of the year. Six new kiosks will be created at ground level, two of which form entrances to the reconfigured first floor bar restaurant and terraces. The basement level allows a number of the lower ground units to spread over two interconnected levels and also accommodate new leisure uses such as bespoke health and fitness. The additions to the Circle will be simple and elegant in design, sensitive to the original character of the Circle, whilst improving circulation, visual coherence and emphasising the unique civic qualities of the Circle.

Broadgate Circle is a place for gathering and social activity and its spatial sophistication and memorable structure will be retained and celebrated in the new proposals. The proposals have been developed to complement and enhance the existing qualities of the Circle and as part of the evolving masterplan for Broadgate.

English Heritage has confirmed that the proposals would safeguard the architectural significance of the structure and would gain their support.

Tim Roberts, of British Land, said: “The proposals for Broadgate Circle are designed to enhance the public amenity and structure at the heart of Broadgate, whilst preserving its essential character. It represents a significant investment and improvement in the public realm to create a much livelier and active social and civic space. The stronger retail element will allow more people to linger and enjoy and interact with the space and performances and activities in the Circle. ”

Declan O’Carroll, of Arup Associates, commented: “The proposals provide greatly improved amenity to all visitors. They have been sensitively developed to complement and enhance the existing civic qualities of the Circle. The unique amphitheatre character of the Circle is reinforced. This performance circle is retained and redefined, creating a more engaging social and civic space for people.”


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