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One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Exchange Square is a pedestrian area. The Bank headquarters at One Exchange Square can be reached on foot by the marked pedestrian routes. The recommended car and taxi drop-off point is Primrose Street.
Arrive at Primrose Street and follow the red dotted line from the taxi drop-off point. A ramp gives access to Exchange Square. Proceed past Exchange House to the EBRD main entrance at One Exchange Square. A lift is available for access from the square to the Bank's main reception.
Where we are
The EBRD's headquarters are at One Exchange Square in the City of London. The Exchange Square area - a modern, mainly-pedestrianised development beside and above the railway approaches into Liverpool Station - was inaugurated by Her Majesty the Queen in November 1991.
The EBRD moved into its present Exchange Square headquarters in 1992. Its twelve-storey building is light and open inside, blending modern architecture and classical proportions. Its innovative design means it is easily maintained and meets energy-saving requirements. And its location in the City and its transport links are important for the Bank’s business and for staff and visitors.
Many VIPs from the EBRD's countries of operations have visited our London Headquarters since 1992.
At its inauguration in April 1991, the Bank spent many months searching for a permanent headquarters building. It was essential to find a base in keeping with the Bank’s image: modern, forward-looking, efficient. It had to be sufficiently large and flexible to allow for expansion and space planning over several years. It had to satisfy the commuting needs of the staff and hold the potential of becoming an exciting and attractive place to work.
Before moving into One Exchange Square in 1992, the EBRD was temporarily located at 6 Broadgate (August 1990-February 1991) and then 122 Leadenhall, which was badly damaged in April 1992 by a bomb at the Baltic Exchange in St Mary Axe.
The EBRD's headquarters houses several art works in keeping with the Bank's international character. Outside the Board Room stands a wooden articulated winged horse created by Christian Renonciat. This and other works are tributes to Leonardo da Vinci and Nicolas Copernicus. A large metal sphere in the Bishopsgate reception area symbolises a world without frontiers.
Since its earliest days the EBRD has extended its direct presence in the countries where its projects are located. It has opened Resident Offices in most of its countries of operations.
Increasingly staff from EBRD headquarters in London have moved to these country offices, while new staff have also been recruited locally. There are now 352 staff based in 34 Resident Offices, in 27 countries from central Europe to central Asia.
Last updated 2 September 2010