A New European Headquarters for Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs opened its new European headquarters in London at Plumtree Court – a state-of-the-art office building with super-modern amenities and sustainability features – right in the heart of the City of London, where Goldman Sachs opened its first London office nearly fifty years ago.
With more than one million square feet of space, Plumtree Court (PTC) houses the largest trading floor in London and includes eight floors for workplace and two plus floors with a range of amenities, such as: café and dining spaces; an auditorium and conference center; health center; children’s center; fitness center; bicycle parking; and all-gender changing and showering facilities. Throughout the workplace floors there are additional amenities including barista-style coffee bars, meeting rooms and pantries, soft seating, and wellness facilities like resting rooms and nursing mothers’ rooms.
As part of its global workplace standard, Goldman Sachs has adopted Activity Based Working practices to provide our people with a wider variety of open and enclosed spaces for focused work, collaboration and flexibility. This includes height-adjustable desks for ergonomic benefits.
In terms of architectural and technical specifications, the building has a large central atrium that maximizes natural light as well as energy-efficient LED lighting throughout. PTC is designed to achieve a BREEAM New Construction rating of ‘Excellent’. Other sustainability features include energy-efficient kitchen and bathroom appliances, which reduce water consumption, and centralized waste bins that help improve recycling rates. It also has cooling technology which optimize internal temperatures by harnessing favorable outdoor conditions. With its design and features, the building will enable significant reduction in carbon emissions and energy consumption to help keep the firm carbon neutral with its footprint.
Plumtree Court’s green roof is one of the largest private gardens in the City of London with fantastic views of The Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral, and includes invertebrate habitat boxes and wildflower species that support native species and species diversity.
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