The London office of Hines has celebrated the completion of its new Cannon Place landmark office development in the heart of London. The project is a joint venture with Network Rail and London Underground, delivering almost 400,000 ft² (approx. 37,000 m²) of prime office space, new retail amenities and incorporating the re-development of Cannon Street station.
"It is not only one of the largest schemes to complete in the city this year; it is aesthetically stunning and is a tremendous addition to the city's streetscape. Hines had the vision and the conviction to build through the recession, and I am sure such judgment and courage will be rewarded when leasing space in the building in the coming months.
"Buildings such as Cannon Place are crucial for the future prosperity of the city, providing the environments to attract global corporate occupiers to help London maintain its position as the world's greatest financial center."
Mark Swetman, Hines' Project Director for Cannon Place said, "We are incredibly proud of this building, which we believe complements its illustrious surroundings. Our vision was to create a landmark office development tailored to today's exacting occupier requirements, but which also enhances the urban fabric of the City of London and embodies the quality and longevity which are hallmarks of Hines' approach to development.
"Alongside its location and connectivity, we believe the unusually large floor plates of 50,000 ft² of virtually column-free office space will hold major appeal for occupiers looking for flexible, open-plan workspace. We were already receiving significant interest in the building, and now that Cannon Place is complete, we look forward to welcoming our first tenants very soon."
Cannon Place has been developed in partnership with Network Rail and London Underground, with the scheme incorporating the re-development of the two previous office buildings (acquired by Hines from MWB in 2002), and the renovation of Cannon Street station, one of London's busiest transport hubs which serves 27 million passengers a year. The renovation incorporates the upgrade of facilities such as ticketing, restroom amenities, new shops, and building a new concourse and brighter station for passengers.
In keeping with Hines' philosophy of working with best-in-class, the company assembled a development team comprising architects Foggo Associates, contractor Laing O'Rourke, and project consultants Arup.
The building itself represents a major feat of