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The European headquarters of Bloomberg has won the Riba Stirling prize for architecture.

The Royal Institute of British Architects gives out the award each year to the UK’s best new building.

The building, which is in Bank, is the world’s most sustainable office and largest stone building in the City of London.

Horizon International Cargo Limited were proud to have been chosen by renowned leading Japanese architectural company Kikukawa Kogyo to manage the transportation of bronze sunshades from Japan to London, which are a major feature of this landmark building.

Horizon International commenced with shipping the first of the bronze sunshades (referred to by architect Sir Norman Foster as “fins”), and weighing several tonnes, in June 2014.   The project continued through to mid-2016.   In total, Horizon moved in excess of 500 x 40’ Containers, together with supplementary airfreight shipments.

This project represented the largest overseas project for Kikukawa Kogyo.

Horizon managed the movement from the factory in Tokyo, through to an assembly warehouse in Tilbury, London, where containers were devanned – and the bronze sunshades prepared for delivery to site.   This project required a great deal of planning, with on time delivery being of paramount importance.

Built over Roman ruins in the heart of the City, the colossal Bloomberg Place by Foster + Partners, provides over a hectare of office space for Bloomberg’s staff.

While its New York counterpart stretches 246 metres into the sky, Bloomberg Place sprawls over a wedge of land in London’s business district and counts among its neighbours the historic London Stock Exchange and Bank of England buildings, as well as St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Sir Norman Foster was commissioned in 2010 to create the headquarters for the company, which is directed by American business magnate and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The building comprises two blocks connected at ground level by an arcade and at a mid-point by an elevated bridge.

Over 14,000 tonnes of steel and aluminium went into the construction of the building, which is serviced by over 600 miles of fibre optic cabling.

Faced in blocks of Yorkshire sandstone, the building features “breathable walls” – using the giant bronze-embellished fins transported by Horizon International, that filter fresh air into the building – helping contribute to its Outstanding BREEAM energy efficiency rating.

Extensive prototyping of the building’s features was carried out in a warehouse in south-west London, near the firm’s Battersea Power Station development.

Michael Bloomberg is said to have had a hand in the designs, sending Foster the occasional sketch from holiday.

A museum in a double-height basement below the building protects a Roman temple discovered during excavation of the site.  Writing tablets and leather goods are among the 14,000 artefacts unearthed from the archaeological site, some dating to 43AD.

A monolithic brass ramp spirals through the core of the building, while glass elevators facing the exterior of the building, gives visitors and staff “unparalleled” views over the city. Huge open-planned levels accommodate 4,600 work stations for Bloomberg’s staff.

A pair of fountains in public spaces at the base of the building pay tribute to the Walbrook, a subterranean river that runs through the City, while an arcade reinstates a former Roman road called Watling Street.

It will also contain a number of public amenities, including a new entrance to London Underground’s Waterloo and City line, restaurants and a 250-seater theatre.

Horizon is proud to have been chosen to participate in this project – and contribute to the ongoing evolution of London’s skyline.

For further information regarding Bloomberg Place, please see the following video –

For more information about how Horizon managed this project and for details of our range of supply chain services, please contact us


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