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Southbank consent

Hammersmith consent

Hammersmith consent

Mixed use talks

Paddington construction

Paddington planning

Major start in EC1

Revised Vauxhall scheme

Midtown refurbishment

Hammersmith application

Paddington start

Contractor appointed

City tower to start

Docklands scheme poised

Paddington scheme to start

Consent for tower in SE1

Paddington scheme expansion

New application at Canary Wharf

Wood Wharf redesign

Mayfair consent

Kings Cross start

City scheme for late 2013

City scheme re-start

Victoria scheme consent

Southbank scheme underway

Southbank application

City pre-let

Refurbishment potential

Central London - a Sack Full of Refurbs

Refusal in SE1

Kings Cross starts

City tower start

City office tower start

Kings Cross starts

Refurbishment starts

City refurbishment tipped for early start

Grand Designers: Top 10 Architects: Central London Offices 2000 - 2020

City demolition start

Refurbishment change

Shortlist for SE1 site

City scheme gains impetus

Revised Moorgate application

City tower plan

Southbank site finds new owners

Paddington consent

New buildings for Paddington

Three Sisters blocked

Kings Cross start

City scheme consent

Planning inquiry in SE1

Argent to start

Victoria redevelopment

Application in SE1

Clerkenwell scheme progress

City demolition start

Consent for HQ

City consent

City consent

Consent for major SE1 scheme

Redevelopment plan in SW1

Soho application

Bank HQ underway

New Court plans advance

Elizabeth House negotiations

Revised plans for Moorgate scheme

Start tipped for Noho

Consent for Moorgate scheme

P&O submits skyscaper plans

City redevelopment scheduled for autumn

Consent for City tower

Recommendation for City tower

Crown scheme for spring 2008

New scheme for EC2

Application for EC4 scheme

New City tower application

New tower for the City

GPE to submit plans

Crown appoint for W1 scheme

Progress on SE1 scheme

Land Securities to begin huge SE1 offices

Quadrant scheme demolition

Bankside 2 & 3 to start

Cricklewood redevelopment latest

Quadrant East.

New Allied Irish office

British Waterways progresses E14 Wharf

Bovis takes Tabard contract.

Crown Estate Quadrant

Bankside may start in 2003

New owner for Carriage Row.

November 2014 Central London Take-Up

Central London office lettings in November 2014 reached 1m sq ft in 56 medium or large deals, representing a return to the monthly average for 2014.

November was characterised by large lettings to Societe Generale, Threadneedle and Allied World amongst others.

The financial, insurance and media sectors topped the table of lettings by sector. Recent research by Metropolis has highlighted the growing importance of the healthcare and pharmaceutical company sector demand.

By area, the City accounted for 29pc of the deals, while Docklands was boosted by the large Societe Generale letting.

The volume of grade A (newly built or refurbished office space) let during the month grew to 650,000 sq ft as transactions in previously occupied space enjoyed a good month.

Property consultant DTZ estimates that London office take-up in 2014 could top 14m sq ft. It calculates that technical and media is taking 25% of take-up followed by insurance on 24%. The highest rents are being paid by oil companies and serviced office providers. DTZ picks out lettings to EY taking 205,000 sq ft at Canary Wharf; Mishcon de Reya taking 116,000 sq ft at Africa House, WC2, Amazon taking 430,000 sq ft at Principal Place and Omnicom’s 368,000 sq ft at Bankside 2 & 3 alongside M&G’s 320,000 sq ft pre-let of 120 Fenchurch Street, EC3 as its deals of the year.

Merry Christmas to all Cityoffices News Readers - (19-12-2014)

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Top Architects 2000 - 2020

Over the last decade has monitored office developments in central London. Our knowledge of past and future projects, and the development teams involved, allows us to provide a profile of the key market players.

This analysis of the Top Architects in London is based on office developments completed in the last 10 year and any under construction. The future ‘view’ on projects is based on our research into schemes with planning permission or at the pre planning stage.

The total amount of office space completed in central London over the last 10 years amounts to nearly 6.1m sq m (66m sq ft), with about 372,000 sq m (4m sq ft) currently under construction. This gives an average build rate of 585,280 sq m (6.3m sq ft) of new office space a year in central London.

Future potential office projects, where architects are appointed, amount to around 6.5m sq m (70m sq ft), certainly enough space for the next 10 years.

The Last Decade

The Top 10 Architects for office space built over the last 10 years have created about 3.3m sq m (36m sq ft) of new buildings. The clear leader is Foster + Partners with about 800,000 sq m (8.6m sq ft), or 24% market share, followed by KPF with 490,000 sq m (5.2m sq ft), or (14%).

The mid ranking is fairly close run between SOM, Sheppard Robson, Pelli Clarke Pelli and HOK, with an average of around 320,000 sq m (3.4m sq ft) of developments.

The last four architect places in the ranking account for around 180,000 sq m (2m sq ft) of projects each, and the position of these firms in future ranking could be threatened by rivals over the next few years.

Top Architects (London) 2000 - 2010 (Built Office Space)

1 Foster + Partners (24%)
2 Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) (14%)
3 Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) (11%)
4 Sheppard Robson (11%)
5 Pelli Clarke Pelli (10%)
6 HOK (8%)
7 Sidell Gibson (6%)
8 Rolfe Judd (6%)
9 EPR (5%)
10 Fletcher Priest (5%)

The Future!

The analysis of future office projects in central London shows the changing fortunes of firms. Although it must be said that until developments actually start on site architects can, and do, get changed!

On future office projects we are looking at nearly 3m sq m (30m sq ft) over the next property cycle (or two), so 2011 and beyond.

The ranking shows those firms set to lead design into the next decade.

Top 10 London Architects (London) - Future Office Buildings

1 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (16%)
2 Pelli Clarke Pelli (14%)
3 Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) (14%)
4 Foster + Partners (13%)
5 Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) (11%)
6 MAKE Architects (9%)
7 Wilkinson Eyre (8%)
8 Foreign Office Architects (FOA) (5%)
9 Allies & Morrison (5%)
10 Sheppard Robson (5%)

Interestingly Rogers Stirk Harbour comes in at No1 in the ranking having been absent from the ‘past’ ranking. The firm’s 450,000 sq m (5m sq ft), or 16% of ‘future’ market share, is based around some major Docklands projects.

The next four places in the ranking (2-5) sees a reshuffle of firms from the ‘past’ ranking, reflecting the positions held over the last 10 years.

The lower end of the ‘future’ ranking is mostly newcomers to the Top 10. MAKE Architects, Wilkinson Eyre, Foreign Office Architects, and Allies & Morrison, account for 748,000 sq m (8m sq ft) of projects, as they look to increase their share of development activity in the London office market.

These ‘newcomers’ could now be set to overtake those firms established in the Top 10 of the past decade. However, that ‘overtaking’ relies on the developments progressing and the architect managing to stay on the project.

Andy King

All office development details available at
The rankings include all office schemes over 1,858 sq m (20,000 sq ft).
A Top 20 Architect (Built Office Space) list is available on request.

- (05-11-2010)

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Regent Street proposals submitted

The Crown Estate has submitted proposals to Westminster City Council for it’s £500m mixed-use scheme for the redevelopment of the southern part of Regent Street, London, W1. The scheme, named ‘The Quadrant’, is for 90,000 sq m (968,760 sq ft) of space and includes a five-star hotel, apartments, and about 60,386 sq m (650,000 sq ft) of office space. The scheme includes Regent Street, Brewer Street, Glasshouse Street and Aire Street, and has been designed by architect Allies & Morrison with CB Richard Ellis advising on the development. - (18-02-2004)

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LandSecs submits plans for Southbank

Land Securities has submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of St Christopher's House and Tabard House on the Southbank in SE1. The new scheme by Allies & Morrison includes about 69,676 sq m (750,000 sq ft) of office space with 7,989 sq m (86,000 sq ft) of retail and leisure space. If planning permission is granted work on the scheme could start in 2003 and be completed in 2006. Jones Lang LaSalle is the development advisor and letting agent on the scheme. - (31-10-2001)

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Pillar to redevelop 5 Cheapside

Pillar Property plc has submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of 5 Cheapside, London EC2, the former Bank of Boston House. The scheme designed by Allies & Morrison Architects will provide 10,264 sq m (110,481 sq ft) of office space in a six-storey building. The development will also include ground floor retail uses and a new entrance to the St Paul's London Underground station. Pillar acquired the freehold of the building in 1998. - (18-12-2000)

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