Bloomsbury office refurb completed

Posted on by John Cronin

An eco-friendly refurbishment of a 1950’s office block in Bloomsbury, London has now been completed.

Conquest HouseEmrys Architects has announced the completion of the complete refurbishment of Conquest House (pictured – website). The speculative scheme offers 22,500 sq ft of prime office accommodation over 6 remodelled floors and is being marketed as suitable for headquarters occupation.

Property developer GMS Estates started the refurbishment works in June 2010 and suggest that it will be the only new scheme in WC1 to complete in 2011. The original building was considered as being tired, outdated and unable to offer appealing, modern office accommodation.

GMS believe that the conservation area of Bloomsbury is a Midtown offices sub-market that offers opportunities for strong capital growth. Rental prices in the Midtown area have risen by 18% in the last 12 months.

The refurbishment works at Conquest House have included a range of sustainable and low-energy features including rain-water harvesting, chilled-beam cooling and solar-powered hot water heating. The building has achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’. Commenting on the sustainability features of the building Glyn Emrys of Emrys Architects said: “…it’s particularly gratifying that environmental performance is fast becoming a key priority across the commercial rental sector”.

The offices have been designed for either whole-building or multi-tenant occupancy on a floor-by-floor basis. Floor plates range from 3,175 sq ft to 3,972 sq ft. A new rear atrium links the ground and lower-ground floors. There is a private garden and external terraces. Rental prices have not been disclosed.

The building is currently under-offer. Marketing agent for the scheme is Farebrother.

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