Good morning from London, where, if you haven’t heard by now, Mike Bloomberg officially unveiled our spectacular new London headquarters. He was joined by Norman Foster and London Mayor Sadiq Khan at a press conference where he underscored how the building was designed around our company’s core values of transparency, openness, collaboration, innovation and civic responsibility.
We can all be proud of this accomplishment that, as Mike puts it, affirms our commitment to London and our optimism about the city’s future and our own.
Foster + Partners, the architects behind our new London headquarters, also did Apple’s new $5B headquarters in Cupertino, California. The FT notes: “But unlike its circular Cupertino counterpart, the 1.1 million square foot Bloomberg building in London was deliberately designed to blend in to its surroundings.” Bloomberg to Open £1bn City of London Headquarters (Financial Times – subscription)
Featuring a giant 210 meter ramp at its heart that aims to encourage collaboration between workers and a pantry with views over London, the new HQ will house more than 4,000 employees in London. Here’s what it looks like: Bloomberg Has Opened A Huge New Norman Foster-Designed HQ in London (Business Insider)
In Paris yesterday, mayors from Los Angeles, London, Paris, Mexico City, Seattle, Cape Town and several other major global cities pledged to ban gasoline and diesel vehicles from ‘large parts’ of their cities by 2030. World Mayors Pledge Emissions-Free Cities by 2030 (Associated Press via Las Vegas Sun)
Drivers of older, more polluting cars in the center of London now must pay a new fee on top of the traffic congestion charge. London’s £10 T-Charge Comes Into Effect in Fight Against Toxic Car Fumes (Guardian)
After Fidelity dismissed two managers because of inappropriate acts, CEO Abby Johnson issued an internal video to all 40,000 firm employees where she said that her firm “simply will not, and do not tolerate this type of behavior, from anyone.” Fidelity’s CEO Says Firm Has ‘No Tolerance for Harassment’ (Bloomberg)
Tweets of the day:
@MikeBloomberg: Opening the new @Bloomberg HQ in London – a place designed to be as innovative and forward-looking as our employees. http://mikebloom.bg/2z4rj6q
@MayorOfLA: Standing with mayors from around the world, committing to green & healthy streets in our cities. #Together4Climate http://bit.ly/2zxjXEs
@MikeBloomberg: London’s T-Charge will lower emissions and improve air quality – an important step to protect Londoners and the environment.
@MikeBloomberg: Glad to meet a few of the innovative tech companies and entrepreneurs tackling big challenges in cities at the #CityLabParis Sandbox today.