Suffolk-based TMJ Interiors hails role in new London HQ of Bloomberg

From left, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London; Michael R. Bloomberg, founder, Bloomberg LP; and Norman Fost

From left, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London; Michael R. Bloomberg, founder, Bloomberg LP; and Norman Foster, founder and executive chairman, Foster + Partners, pictured in the Vortex, the entrance to Bloomberg's new European headquarters in the City of London. Photo Credit: Jason Alden - Credit: Archant

Suffolk-based specialist joinery company TMJ Interiors has celebrated the successful completion of a major project forming part of business information giant Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in the City on London.

The ground floor auditorium at Bloomberg's European headquarters building in London.
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The ground floor auditorium at Bloomberg's European headquarters building in London. Photo credit: James Newton - Credit: Archant

The £1bn building, in Queen Victoria Street, between the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral, was designed by Lord (Norman) Foster’s firm Foster + Partners, with construction led by main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd.

TMJ, which is based at Bildeston, between Hadleigh and Stowmarket, was appointed in 2016 to work on an auditorium and an associated a pre-function gathering space, and a timber lobby “vortex” weighing more than 160 tonnes – the largest free-standing structure the company has ever installed.

The vortex, made up of 5,621 panels of American Red Oak and more than 500,000 screws, was designed as a literal and metaphorical “twist” on the classic timber-panelled lobbies that define many of London’s buildings.

And the 240-seat auditorium located within the heart of building, is said to be one of the most technologically advanced facilities of its kind in London.

The Vortex is a literal and metaphorical ‘twist’ on the classic timber-panelled lobbies that define

The Vortex is a literal and metaphorical twist on the classic timber-panelled lobbies that define many London buildings. Olafur Eliasson's 'No future is possible without a past' sits above. Photo credit: Nigel Young/Foster + Partners - Credit: Archant


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James Taylor, managing director of TMJ, said: “It was an honour to work on such a prestigious and challenging project in the heart of London. We thoroughly enjoyed the journey and working with Sir Robert McAlpine and Foster + Partners.”

He added: “The business is going from strength to strength, growing both the team and their capacity. The definition of specialist, bespoke joinery is evolving and TMJ are proud to be at the forefront of this.”

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TMJ, which was established in 1981, is widely recognised as one of the UK’s premier specialist joinery contractors, manufacturers and installers, having carried out major projects in the commercial, residential and specialist sectors.

These have included work on the restoration of the Private Chapel and a Stuart-era staircase at Windsor Castle following the fire in 1992, the fan vaulted ceiling of the tower at St Edmundsbury Cathedral and panelling for the refurbishment of the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.

The tower roof at the cathedral in Bury St Edmunds

The tower roof at the cathedral in Bury St Edmunds - Credit: Archant

The Bloomberg HQ brings together the company’s 4,000 London employees in a single complex, wihich consists of two blocks connected by bridging links.

The development has also included the creation of a new dining hub, the Bloomberg Arcade, and the relocation, to its original site, of a Roman temple which was excavated and moved elswhere in the 1950s.

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