The Broadgate development, near Liverpool Street Station, has some of the best late-twentieth century office spaces in the City. The landscape design was designed by Peter Foggo of Arup Associates:
The Project for Public Space comments as follows: "One wants to like this complex that attempts to copy New York's Rockefeller Center. As a recent development (1985-1991) it tries hard to please. It has many of the makings of a quality office complex, but it is disjointed and fussy where it could be simple and connected. Arcades obscure the retail; art and water features are not well integrated, more of the "look but don't touch" variety. The skating rink area has so many levels that it's hard to know where you really are, or where you want to be."
The Broadgate London website (2006) is understandably more upbeat: " Broadgate is simply a great place to be - vibrant, dynamic, enjoyable to use and get around. This unique environment did not happen by chance. The design was based upon urban planning together with a commitment to world-class architecture and the creation of new public spaces for people to enjoy."
So who is right? Judge for yourself, but in our view the Project for Public Space is close to the truth..
Address: Eldon Street, near Broad Street and Liverpool Street stations.
Finsbury Avenue Square
Broadgate Arena in summer - watching a basketball display