BT has opened its new global headquarters in Aldgate, London, as part of the firm’s ongoing root and branch transformation programme: housing around 3,500 colleagues, the new HQ will be another flagship location within BT’s Better Workplace Programme – the largest workplace improvement programme and consolidation scheme of its type ever undertaken in the UK. The programme, which will complete in 2024, will see BT rationalise hundreds of its offices across the UK and establish an estate of future fit, high tech workspaces.
Philip Jansen, BT Group Chief Executive, said: “Our new HQ in London will bring our people together in an impressive and modern environment, transforming the way teams work.”
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It’s great to see BT’s new global HQ at Aldgate opening. It will provide a great boost to the area, and, as workers across London increasingly return to the office, demonstrates how businesses can combine technology and smart ways of working to really benefit their staff.”
The new HQ boasts smart building technology, flexible workspaces, and collaboration areas. The office building benefits of a BREEAM Excellent sustainability rating and has been awarded a Wired Score platinum rating for its digital infrastructure. There are also a range of catering options including a ground floor café open to the public, world class event spaces, and a large media screen in reception.
The lighting project, developed by 18 Degrees, deploys in all the areas of the headquarters.
The lobby is characterized by high, beam ceilings. Yori Evo Box, installed in between the beams, lights up the whole entrance area, offeing a welcoming effect. The office areas are all lighted up by Yori Evo 48V projectors, installed on low voltage pendant tracks. Yori Linear 48V UGR are perfect solutions to reduce glare, especially in the workplace.