Head into the Goldman Sachs building on London’s Fleet Street and you’re greeted by wall to wall marble, a bank of receptionists and a water feature. So far, so City.
But wind your way past the lifts through an anonymous fire door and you enter a world that couldn’t be less corporate. The sounds, colours and laughter of a nursery.
The Goldman Sachs Children’s Centre is both incongruous – and an anomaly – the only onsite childcare facility in the Square Mile. Started in 2003 to offer back up provision for staff, it takes kids between the ages of three months and 12 years old.
The expense and regulatory requirements for such a facility are the main reasons why it is unique – and peculiar to a bank with deep pockets.