North West steel specialist clinches prestigious London City development

CGI of 2 Finsbury Avenue scheme

Global engineering steel specialist, William Hare Group, which is based in Bury, has won a contract to deliver the design, fabrication and installation of an innovative sustainable steel solution for the latest iconic development at Broadgate in London.

The 2 Finsbury Avenue development will comprise a 21-storey West Tower and a 36-storey East Tower, linked by a 12-storey podium.

A solid and glazed sawtooth-shaped façade, characterised by triangular patterns, will be facilitated by a bespoke steelwork support system.

The new building will be the largest on the Broadgate campus, providing 750,000 sq ft of new offices, as well as green, leisure and publicly accessible spaces.

The building will create a new benchmark for highly sustainable workspace in central London with BREEAM Outstanding, WELL Platinum, EPC A and NABERS 5-star ratings.

It will be all-electric, and a smart-enabled development ensuring leading carbon and energy efficiency in operation.

William Hare Group has designed its steel solution to align with the project’s overall sustainability goals, including using LEAN design principles with the supply chain.

Having successfully delivered nearby 100 Liverpool Street and 1 Broadgate, William Hare’s partnership on 2 Finsbury Avenue – working with Sir Robert McAlpine – will further extend its long standing association with the Broadgate joint venture, between British Land and GIC.

Matthew Nesbit, Group Board Director at William Hare Group, said: “Being able to bring our design, fabrication and delivery capability to life on schemes like this is testament to our market-leading position as a global steel specialist.”

Completion is expected in 2027, with global hedge fund firm, Citadel, and Citadel Securities pre-letting more than a third of the development’s office space. William Hare Group is expected to have completed its works by summer 2025.

The group was established in 1945 and provides value-engineered steel solutions to some of the world’s most innovative and sustainable construction projects.

A family-owned and run business, it has a turnover of around £300m and employs 2,000 people worldwide.