Plumtree Court, London

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Date Built
Completed 2019
70 Farringdon Street, EC4A 4AP
This building on Farringdon Street in the city of London is referred to as 70 Farringdon Street and Plumtree Court.  All the references I have found to the building attribute its design to the practice of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates but oddly it isn't listed among the projects on their website.  The website says that, "... Plumtree Court is comprised of 826,008 sq ft (76,739m2) of the highest specification office and ancillary accommodation arranged over basement, lower ground, mezzanine, ground, upper ground, eight upper workplace floors and a landscaped roof garden.  Plumtree Court will be the new European headquarters of Goldman Sachs in London from mid-2019....

Sarah Butcher, writing on the site on February 6, 2019 said of the building that, "....
The building on the corner of London's Farringdon Street and Shoe Lane has been designed to maximise natural light, with what some describe as a, 'shaft of natural light,' coming down through the middle of the building.  There's a glass roof, and below that there's a multiplicity of glass ceilings.  As a result, both Goldman's fixed income and equities trading floors will be bathed in daylight. ..... Other features of the new GS London office will include widespread hot-desking, breakout rooms and an open-plan layout. Managing directors and executives who are used to occupying corner offices with impressive views will be dispersed across the floor as daylight is democratised. Instead of taking lifts (elevators if you're in the U.S), Goldman's London staff will be encouraged to make use of a series of interfloor walkways (stairs) aiming to promote interaction, exercise and vigour. It sounds a bit like the library in the film Name of the Rose, but less gloomy and medieval, and with a roof garden for entertaining clients. "

As the Evening Standard pointed out in June of 2019, ".... Goldman Sachs's new £1 billion London headquarters is full of family-friendly features, including lactation suites for new mothers, a nursery with pet fish and a climbing wall, and “resting rooms” for tired bankers. ….. the US investment bank’s European HQ in the Square Mile has a string of innovations for its 6,000 UK staff, known for working punishing hours in return for multi-million-pound pay packets. The 10-storey office, known as Plumtree Court, is bigger than 26 football pitches and has the largest trading floor in London. When staff begin to move in next weekend, they will be able to sign their babies and pre-school children up to a 7,000 square-foot nursery and play centre, which includes a water play area, technology classroom with a wifi-connected smartboard, trikes, a play kitchen, two napping rooms and an “art gallery’” for tots’ drawings."