Bloomberg London ‘a breath of fresh air’ for City planners

Bloomberg HQ Exterior

But committee fails in bid to hold dinner at Foster’s Stirling Prize-winner

City of London planners have heaped praise on Foster & Partners’ Bloomberg London building in the wake of its Stirling Prize victory – but they will not be dining out on the success anytime soon.

At their first meeting since the 102,000sq m building won the UK’s most coveted architecture prize, members of the City’s planning & transportation committee complimented the building’s design – and particularly its natural ventilation, which contributed to its Breeam “outstanding” rating.

The City approved the building – which reportedly cost media, data and software giant Bloomberg more than £1bn – in 2012. The committee yesterday called for extra performance data on the building’s reduced use of mechanical air conditioning, seemingly with a view to driving the wider adoption of natural ventilation in new city office blocks.

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