1 Centenary Square

1 Centenary Square is a statement 210,000 sq ft office building designed by award-winning architects MAKE.

In 2015, global bank HSBC announced that it would forward-purchase the full building as the head office of its UK ring-fenced bank serving personal and business customers, under the HSBC UK brand.

Formerly 2 Arena Central and renamed 1 Centenary Square by HSBC, the building occupies a prominent position overlooking Centenary Square to the front and the new Arena Central public realm to the rear.

Library of Birmingham, viewed from 1 Centenary Square

The BREEAM Excellent and LEED Gold office space offers efficient floorplates of up to 21,903 sq ft over ground and ten upper floors.

Designed as three interlocking ‘blocks’, 1 Centenary Square features two offset balconies, providing outstanding views across the site’s new extensively landscaped public realm and Centenary Square.

The building’s woven cladding pattern creates a distinctive façade with the overlapping masonry ‘ribbons’ colour-matched to the Portland Stone of the adjacent buildings.

Works were complete to allow the headquarters to open in late 2018.