Views of reception for this office design in London for HRT

Exploring new ways of trading and collaborating

Hudson River Trading, London

Hudson River Trading (HRT) is a quantitative trading firm working across more than 200 markets worldwide. Together, its 700+ staff across six countries research and develop automated trading algorithms using advanced mathematical techniques. So, for HRT’s office design in London, we created a workplace that focuses on togetherness and collaboration.

In addition, the project begins new relationship with M Moser Europe, having previously worked together in Singapore.

At a glance

  1. Introducing a 'Tink[er] Tank' based on HRT's collaborative approach to share the best ideas and inspire new ways of trading.
  2. Spaces for its community of friends and colleagues to come together.
  3. An entirely paperless site set-up developed as part of our roadmap to net-zero.
View of tea point in office design in London for HRT

Understanding Hudson River Trading

HRT is proud of its workplace culture and way of working, which focuses on Think, Trust, Tinker & Trade. Therefore, our goal was to create an office space that allows its people to come together, solve problems and share their best ideas. It was also crucial to balance the trading desk environments with meeting spaces for collaborative working.

Furthermore, the workspace needed to have its own identity. The brief for HRT’s office in London was to create a design language consistent with its other global offices, while responding to the building and the local area.

Exploring new ways of trading

Our office design and build solution reimagines the traditional trading floor. Specifically, the ‘Tink Tank’, a dedicated space to ‘tinker’, introduces new ways to work. The idea is to get people to break away from the banks of desks and problem-solve in a different setting.

HRT’s people like to edit to improve its trading algorithms continually. With this in mind, moveable furniture lets people physically ‘edit’ the space by remodeling it to suit the different needs of those using it.

Collaboration can be distracting within an open plan office. So, we divided the Tink Tank from the main workspace by using curved walls and semi-transparent curtains to avoid causing a disturbance to those working nearby.

View of boardroom in office design in London for HRT

Our new office space supports our collaborative work and culture. Togetherness is a core value at HRT and this space helps us achieve that.

Emma Black, Design Project Manager (Real Estate), Hudson River Trading

The office design concept

Hudson River Trading’s brand is all about people who love what they do. So, for its office design in London, we kept branding subtle and focused on designing for people. Bespoke algorithm-inspired artwork creates brand recognition as you enter into reception. Throughout the office layout, we used the angles of HRT’s logo to juxtapose the curves of the building.

Maintaining the City views and sight lines to landmarks, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, helps to localise the design. The space has a fluidity to it, and statement lighting overhead helps people to flow from desk to destination.

View of open plan in office design in London for HRT

Designed for togetherness

We know coders and traders prefer quiet spaces to work. Therefore, the social café area is designed away from the open plan. The space offers opportunities to connect. For instance, staff can unwind on the pool table or watch sports in the lounge area after work.

Furniture solutions within this space provide enough seating to come together to enjoy daily chef-prepared breakfasts and lunches. In addition, the multi-use furniture also allows staff and visiting guests to touch down and work.

The community space doubles up for events, too. We designed the sizeable bespoke island with direct access to a private terrace. The island is a focal point for hosting events, naturally drawing people to it. With good WiFi and a great sound system, the private terrace is an extension of the interior for special occasions.

Net zero considerations

The office sits within the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ building, 100 Liverpool Street. As a net zero carbon development, we had to ensure our supply chain met the specific guidelines for working in the building. Such as FORS Silver-accreditation registered vehicle deliveries.

We designed all MEP engineering services from scratch, safeguarding the workplace’s future performance. For example, a sub-circuit electrical monitoring system monitors the energy usage of different equipment – such as the comms room and mechanical systems. From this data, HRT can evaluate active energy values for each sensor, visualise energy consumptions of Mains, Groups and Branches, and even compare between systems. All in all, leading to improved energy consumption.

View of cafe seating in office design in London for HRT

Sustainability in construction

The London project stakeholders work in HRT’s New York City HQ. So, technology was a crucial part of ensuring efficiency during the construction phase. For example, we used virtual space capture to share the build progress with the client. Scans were taken and communicated every couple of days. As a result, the client didn’t need to travel during the build, saving time and emissions.

Additionally, as part of the London team’s roadmap to net zero, the site set-up was entirely paperless. Going digital eliminates waste. For instance, we can update drawings and share them with many people without the need to recycle the old and reprint the new ones. It also increases business efficiency, with instant access to the latest documents on-site.

Status

Completed

Completion date

2022

Location

London

Area

20,400 sq ft

Photographer

Chris Wharton

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