Rockspring secures planning for major new city office scheme (UK)

Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP, together with its development partner, Charterfield Asset Management, announce that they have secured a resolution to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of Centurion House, EC3, into a new 80,000-ft² (approx. 7,400-m²) grade-A office building.


The building is due to be completed in Q2 2013.

Located in the heart of the City of London, the new scheme, designed by David Walker Architects, allows for the comprehensive redevelopment of the building to provide a stunning new grade-A office building of approximately 80,000 ft², which also includes two new ground floor retail units.

The existing building, which was only acquired in December last year, was originally built in the mid 1980s and consists of 61,000 ft² of outdated office accommodation.

The plans provide for not only a one third increase in the net lettable area of the building, but also a significant improvement in the quality of the accommodation, with the planned specification including column free space, floor to ceiling windows and an impressive reception / entrance hall. The building is targeted to achieve a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating.

Strip-out of the building has already commenced, with demolition scheduled to begin in October. The main construction contract is planned to start early in the New Year, with delivery of the completed building targeted for Q2 2013.

Richard Bains, Fund Manager at Rockspring, said: "Since acquiring this project last year, we have drawn up ambitious plans to create an entirely new ground up development which will appeal to a wide range of City occupiers.

"Securing this planning resolution will now enable us to deliver the grade-A office in the second quarter of 2013, at a time where we see little competition in the market for comparable space."

Knight Frank and Newton Perkins are the letting agents for Centurion House.

Source: FD

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