Gensler is first design appointment to London Stock Exchange HQ job

The London Stock Exchange is set to make a series of design appointments before the end of the year to work on its headquarters in London’s Paternoster Square, which is scheduled to open in 2004.

It has already appointed architecture and interiors group Gensler, which will oversee appointments of lighting and graphic specialists together with the Stock Exchange.

Consultancies have already been approached for the work, but no shortlists have yet been drawn up, says a Gensler spokeswoman.

It is not yet known what input Gensler’s graphics and branding arm, Studio 585, will have on the project, she adds.

A Stock Exchange spokesman refuses to comment on whether the Stock Exchange will retain its heraldic crest logo and says branding issues are ‘kept under review’. Gensler’s spokeswoman confirms the logo is not part of its brief.

Meanwhile, Gensler confirms it has made ‘in excess of 20 people’ redundant, including one graphic designer from Studio 585.

This is due to the ‘slowdown in the dotcom market’ and the knockon effects of the 11 September terrorist attacks in the US, a Gensler spokeswoman says.

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