Foster and Partners has completed its Bishops Square office building which overlooks Spitalfields Market, in east London.
The contentious 70,600m 2
scheme, which was damned by broadcaster Dan Cruickshank as 'bland', was officially handed over to its new tenants, international law firm Allen & Overy, today.
Billed as the 'landmark building' in the regeneration of the Spitalfields Market area, the mixed-use development will also provide 4,000m 2
of retail accommodation and create 'extensive public space'.
Michael Snyder, chairman of the policy and resources committee of the Corporation of London, said: 'Bishops Square represents the completion of the majority of our regeneration plans for the former Spitalfields Market.
'Our partner, Hammerson, has delivered an exciting mixed-use development of which we can be proud. Indeed, it is an excellent example of the quality of building that is needed for the City of London to maintain its pre-eminent position as the world's leading international financial centre.'
The internal fit-out of the building is expected to be completed by the end of next year.by Richard Waite