Two of Derwent’s major developments pre-let (UK)

Derwent London plc announces that it has pre-let all the office accommodation, totaling 155,600 ft² (approx. 14,460 m²), at Turnmill, 63 Clerkenwell Road EC1 and 40 Chancery Lane WC2, two of its current schemes. The space has been let to agencies within Publicis Groupe, one of the world’s leading communications groups.

At Turnmill, the office rent will be £3.1 million per annum on 58,200 ft² (approx. 5,410m²) leaving 12,300 ft² (approx. 1,140 m²) of retail space to be let with a December 2012 estimated rental value (ERV) of £0.4 million. At 40 Chancery Lane, the office rent will be £5.7 million per annum on 97,400 ft² (approx. 9,050 m²), which leaves 4,400 ft² (approx. 410 m²) of retail space to be let with a December 2012 ERV of £0.1 million. Derwent London’s share of the office rent, after deducting a ground rent, will be £7.8 million per annum.

Both leases are for a term of 20 years with rent reviews every five years and a rent-free period equivalent to 32 months. There is a tenant’s break in year 18 which, if exercised, will result in a penalty becoming payable.

Derwent London is currently on site at both developments and they are expected to be handed to Publicis Groupe for fit out in July 2014.

Turnmill is a 70,500 ft² (approx. 6,550 m²) new office and retail development on a prominent corner site, which the Group holds freehold, opposite Farringdon station, where a Crossrail interchange is under construction. The office space is arranged over the five upper floors, with a ground floor reception.

40 Chancery Lane will be a 101,800 ft² (approx. 9,460 m²) seven-story building located on a large Midtown corner site. The Group holds a 128-year headlease with a ground rent equal to 18% of the rent received. It has the right to reduce this gearing to 10% through the payment of a premium to the freeholder.

Whilst Turnmill and 40 Chancery Lane are being completed, agencies of Publicis Groupe, will continue to occupy their existing offices at Derwent London’s 80 Charlotte Street W1. Therefore, the start of the Group’s 385,000 ft² (approx. 35,800 m²) redevelopment of this property is now likely to commence in the first half of 2015 with completion scheduled for the second half of 2017.

Derwent London is on site at projects totaling over 400,000 ft² (approx. 37,200 m²), including Turnmill and 40 Chancery Lane. Over the next 12 months the Group will start construction of a further 345,500 ft² (approx. 32,050 m²) with our White Collar Factory offices at Old Street EC1, retail space at 18-30 Tottenham Court Road W1 complementing our current office scheme at 1-2 Stephen Street W1 (together 127,000 ft²/ 11,800 m²) and a residential development at 73 Charlotte Street W1.

John Burns, Chief Executive Officer at Derwent London, commented: “We are delighted that Publicis Groupe has chosen to remain a tenant of the Group and to occupy two of our new developments. Their decision endorses the quality of our product, the rising attractions of London’s vibrant Tech Belt and the broadening of the tenant base in Midtown. These transactions will mean that we have pre-let 74% of the projects where we are on site. Our next major project will start early next year at White Collar Factory, in the heart of the Tech Belt, which leaves a further 1.9 million ft² of potential development for delivery before 2020.”

Celine Thompson, Head of Leasing at Derwent London, said: “TMT and other creative companies are playing an increasingly important role in the central London office market. They are attracted to our distinctive, design-led spaces which offer high quality working environments and provide good value for money. Turnmill and 40 Chancery Lane will be exciting, well-located properties providing exactly this type of accommodation.”

Publicis Groupe was represented by DTZ whilst Jones Lang LaSalle, BNP Paribas and Ingleby Trice acted for Derwent London at 40 Chancery Lane and CBRE and Pilcher Hershman at Turnmill.

Source: Derwent

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