The building was formally opened in June 2005 by the Chairman of Barclays, Matthew Barrett, and merged Barclays offices across London into one building. The former corporate HQ was at 54 Lombard Street in the City of London.
Designed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the building is constructed around four staircase columns with a large, central column containing the lifts and toilet facilities. The building manual states that there is enough room in these columns to contain everyone who works in the building, in the event of a security alert.
The building was planned to be 50 stories in height, but was scaled down to 31 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Barclays occupy approximately two-thirds of the building, levels 17-23 being not in use by Barclays. Floors 17-23 are leased to the London 2012 Olympic organisation and to BGC Partners. Increasingly the premises are now used on a hotdesking basis to accommodate more mobile working.
Level -1: Gym
Ground Floor: Reception
Level 2: Presentation suite and meeting rooms
Level 3: Staff restaurant and deli bar, mail room and print shop