Our London Office
In October 2006, we moved into our flagship office at Bishops Square located in the historic Spitalfields area, near Liverpool Street station. The office was designed and built specifically for Allen & Overy by leading architects, Foster & Partners.
Our state-of-the-art building, One Bishops Square, has amazing facilities for staff and clients which include a bar, subsidized coffee bar and restaurants, two rooftop gardens, a fitness center, a fully equipped lecture theatre and a knowledge center.
We have also focused on our environmental responsibilities: our solar panels (one of the largest photovoltaic installations in Europe) save 23 tones of carbon dioxide and our three green roof terraces encourage biodiversity – and are a great space in which to relax. We are proud to have been awarded a rating of 'Very Good' by the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), the world's leading system for assessing the range of environmental aspects associated with buildings. Since moving to One Bishops Square a number of environmental goals have been achieved. In April 2009, the Environmental Management System was certified to ISO14001. Building gas consumption, used for heating, has been reduced by over 25% since 2006 and is falling, and the business was awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for sound management practices in July 2010.
We operate an extensive recycling program, providing facilities for the recycling of normal office items as well as more unusual items such as CDs, spectacles, mobile phones and postage stamps. We even have our own 'fiction library' where you can borrow and donate books.
One Bishops Square has free parking for around 300 bicycles: we also offer shower and locker facilities to encourage our partners and staff to cycle to work. Facilities are also provided for charging electric cars.
The state-of-the-art health & well-being facilities at our Bishops Square office offer opportunities to enjoy a wide variety of interests. Our purpose built sports hall is regularly used for team sports and fitness classes, and our gym even offers personal training. We have around 25 different sports teams from football to korfball, and they regularly play against other organizations and take part in events around the City and beyond. There are also music rooms and multi-faith contemplation rooms for use by all our staff. And finally, our in-house doctor, physio, beauty salon and dentist will give you the care you need to stay fit and healthy.
Not only are our new offices a huge investment in the future of Allen & Overy and our people, they are also an investment in the local community. We have forged strong relationships with schools, community organizations and local businesses in Tower Hamlets through our pro bono and community activities. There are opportunities for everyone to be involved. The Environmental Champions Group, composed of lawyers, support staff and contractors, continues to be active, with numbers growing. Our green champions are volunteers and have helped host a number of events and activities to encourage good practice.