HSBC's Canary Wharf Building - Did You Know ?

HSBC is now settled into it's new Group Head Office building at 8 Canada Square, Canary Wharf. Up to 8,000 staff can be based in the building, making it the biggest single-occupancy building in the City.

Here are some other interesting facts about the HQ:

A pair of bronze lions guard the main entrance. They are replicas of those which have stood outside HSBC's Hong Kong HQ since 1935. The base of each lion contains eight coins, symbolising the good fortune associated with the number eight in Chinese culture.

The building's 850-seater restaurant is one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe.

The health club facility includes 79 cardiovascular machines, 42 resistance stations and three group exercise rooms.

There are three trading floors, each 2.7 metres high with 2,200-2,450 square metres of space. Each trading floor can house up to 570 staff.

210 metres high, the building has some 1.1 million square metres of office space.

There are 38 office floors, four banks of six passenger lifts and a six metre-long area on each office floor, with a walkway, vending machines, meeting rooms, a mail room and a storage area.

Finally, the building, which was constructed with 180,000 tons of concrete, 14,000 tons of steel and 45,000 square metres of glass, cost $1.2bn.

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