HSBC opens US headquarters in New York’s Hudson Yards

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By David Brooks

HSBC today announced the inauguration of its new U.S. headquarters at The Spiral, a prestigious office building in New York’s Hudson Yards neighborhood, marking its largest move to the U.S. to date.

This headquarters move, combined with investments in other offices across the country, strengthens HSBC’s position as a leading international bank with a commitment to New York City and its U.S. operations.

Additionally, the innovative design process for the Hudson Yards office space exemplifies HSBC’s progressive approach to reimagining the future of work by fostering an empowering environment for customers and colleagues.

The grand opening ceremony was attended by several distinguished guests, including New York City Mayor Eric Adams, former New York City Mayor and Bloomberg LP co-founder Michael R. Bloomberg, President and CEO of Partnership for New York City, Kathryn Wylde, and the architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of the Bjarke Ingels Group.

HSBC Group Chairman Mark Tucker and US and Americas CEO Michael Roberts chaired the event and each exchanged remarks. As part of the ceremony, guests placed unique artifacts significant to HSBC in a time capsule that will be reopened in 40 years to mark the bank’s bicentennial.

“Our new US headquarters in the heart of one of the world’s financial capitals symbolizes our commitment to our customers and this important market,” said Mark Tucker, Chairman of HSBC Group. “We remain focused on connecting our customers in the U.S. with opportunities abroad and customers around the world with the U.S.”

“New York City isn’t just coming back – we’re back. Under our administration, we set the record for the highest total number of jobs in our city’s history, and we just reached another milestone with the most private sector jobs ever in New York. And thanks to investments like the ones HSBC is making in New York City today, we are laying the foundation for economic growth for decades to come,” said New York Mayor Eric Adams. “As one of the world’s leading banks, HSBC’s new headquarters represents a deep commitment to the future of New York City and further cements our city’s position as the financial capital of the world.”

The Spiral was developed by Tishman Speyer and designed by prominent architects Bjarke Ingels Group in collaboration with Adamson Associates and civil engineer WSP Cantor Seinuk. The Spiral is a 66-story office tower in the Hudson Yards district of New York City that opened in 2023.

The spiral visually extends the landscape of nearby High Line Park along the building’s exterior and provides access to green outdoor terraces from each of the 66 floors. Its special features, including outdoor terraces with changing plant species as the building rises and plenty of natural light, enhance the workplace experience and strengthen employee collaboration, creativity and well-being.

“Today marks an exciting milestone for HSBC and is the result of years of planning, refinement and dedication, all driven by our vision to reimagine our workplace as an environment that inspires our colleagues to serve our customers with unparalleled excellence and expertise ,” said HSBC CEO USA and Americas, Michael Roberts. “Our nearly 150-year history in the United States is stronger than ever, and our new headquarters in New York City is a testament to our forward-looking vision.”

The building features various eco-friendly features, including 13,000 square meters of outdoor space and a water management system that collects excess rainwater to be treated and redistributed via the tiered landscaping, in line with HSBC’s sustainability goals.

The tower has also been equipped with adaptable infrastructure to meet changing needs and technological advances over time, complementing HSBC’s forward-looking vision of the workplace. With this vision in mind, M Moser Associates designed HSBC’s interior office spaces to incorporate various green, inclusive and smart features that are aligned with HSBC’s sustainability and inclusion goals.

Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) provided project development and brokerage services and continues to provide integrated facility management and experience management. The Spiral is pursuing LEED Silver certification.

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