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London Fire Brigade attends charity office building blaze in Pimlico

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THREE hundred people were evacuated today as the London Fire Brigade attended a fire a an office building in Pimlico, London.

Fire crews from Lambeth, Chelsea, Clapham, and Brixton fire stations attended the scene after a call was made to emergency services shortly before 2pm.

It took the 21 fire fighters and four fire engines less than an hour to get control of the blaze in a seven storey building in Belgrave Road close to Victoria.

According to reports on social media, the Victoria Charity Centre which provides office space for small charities, was affected by the fire.

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New business centre launched in Gracechurch Street, London

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A NEW business centre in the City of London has had its official launch event after opening earlier this month.

The serviced offices from Orega at 70 Gracechurch Street have capacity for up to 400 people.

The 26,000 sq ft business centre occupies the third floor of the building and boasts features such as a breakout area in the atrium (pictured above), high-tech personal security doors, and Clevertouch TV screens.

Suzanne Machray, Head of Marketing at Orega, commented:

“Our vision was to design a centre that looked great but impressed with its functional spaces & innovative technology. We’re extremely happy with the result and were proud to show off our new centre last night.

“The focus on technology and design is a direct reflection of our client’s evolving
needs and is something we are looking forward to pushing the boundaries with in our
new spaces in Birmingham & Glasgow.”


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Historic Edinburgh offices with royal connection up for sale

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HISTORIC offices in a country house six miles from the centre of Edinburgh are up for sale or lease.

A-Listed Baberton House traces its history back to 1622 and is able to boast of impressive royal connections.

The 17th century property was built by King Charles 1’s Principal Master of Works, James Murray.

Following the July Revolution of 1830, France’s King Charles X abdicated and spent three months at Baberton House after going into exile.

With over 8,500 sq ft of internal space and grounds totalling 10.8 acres, Baberton House has most recently been used as the head office of property and construction business Cruden Group.

Peter Lyell for Savills commented: “Depending on planning consents, the building could be returned to residential use as an amazing family home; as a boutique hotel in a brilliant location; or indeed it could continue as a corporate HQ with its easy travel links and plentiful parking.  Whatever its future, Baberton House will remain an important feature of Edinburgh’s property scene.”

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Stylish makeover for iconic 1980s City of London offices

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OFFICES at an iconic riverside building in the City of London have undergone an internal transformation to become a new serviced office business centre.

The makeover at the 1980s Northern and Shell Building in Lower Thames Street has been undertaken by Southwark-based Resonate Interior Architecture on behalf of serviced apartment operator Halkin.

Resonate was tasked with revamping 100,000 sq ft of space over floors 4 to 10 of the unmistakable glass fronted building. One level has been turned into a dedicated co-working space with its own library and a lounge that incorporates a working fire.

A white marble floor lends a fresh, contemporary feel and a handmade Murano glass chandelier has been suspended from the ceiling in the large atrium.

Halkin’s 10 year lease at 10 Lower Thames Street was announced in March this year. Michael Kingshott, Chairman of Halkin Management Ltd commented:

“Resonate’s unique ability to fulfil Halkin’s creative brief to design the interiors of Lower Thames Street has unquestionably been one of the building’s main selling points for our tenants, seamlessly blending technology, fine art and design to separate Halkin from its competitors.”

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My office used to be… Shoreditch Fire Station

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An occasional closer look at period buildings with an interesting history that have been repurposed as business centres.

Shoreditch Fire Station was built by the London Council Council towards the end of the 19th century.

The LCC agreed in the Spring of 1893 that the needs of the fire service had outgrown the previous station which was located in Old Street and had accommodation for only eight fire fighters.

Also, the “extraordinary traffic” on Old Street made the location less than ideal for an emergency service. A plan was adopted to purchase from Ecclesiastical Commissioners for £3,000 a new larger site fronting Tabernacle Square.

The new fire station was opened on April 31st 1896 by Mr Nathan Moss JP surrounded by county councillors, Shoreditch community representatives, Mr Blashill the superintending architect of the LCC, and Fire Brigade chief Captain Simmonds.

According to the Shoreditch Observer, “an alarm was then given, and in 40 seconds the steamer was horsed and outside the station. The visitors then took a survey of the premises, and were great pleased with the improved appliances, and the excellent accommodation for the staff, the great majority being married men.”

The station, which was opened on the same day as Kingsland fire station in Hackney, cost £15,000 to build.

The new facility served the area for almost seventy years until a new Shoreditch fire station was opened in 1964 when the brigade returned to Old Street.

The handsome red brick building has now been turned into a serviced office business centre with 30 individual offices, and there’s a restaurant unit on the ground floor.

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Orega announces new business centre in Glasgow’s George Square

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SERVICED office provider Orega has announced its second business centre in Scotland.

Orega, which was founded in 2000, has signed a ten year management agreement for almost 22,000 sq ft of office space at 9 George Square in Glasgow’s Central Business District.

The serviced offices will be arranged over three levels of the recently-refurbished Category B listed building which dates back to the 1920s and was formerly known as the McLaren Warehouse.

The announcement of Orega’s Glasgow business centre comes less than a year since they opened their first facility in Scotland at the Silver Fin building in Aberdeen and brings their total number of sites across the UK and Europe to 17.

Leigh Perl, director at landlord EPIC UK, commented: “The letting of three entire floors in a single deal represents a significant transaction and is testament to the desirability of 9 George Square, which now has 50% of its floors fully let.

“Demand for serviced office space continues to grow in Scotland, with companies requiring greater flexibility as freelance and contract working rises.”

Robin Pugh, Real Estate Director at Orega, said: “We are extremely excited to be partnering with EPIC to deliver a best in class business centre at 9 George Square. Demand for shared workspace in Glasgow is increasing with greater flexibility being a key driver of our occupiers’ decision. We will provide high quality corporate grade workspace in a prime building in central Glasgow which will fill the current gap in the market.”

CBRE and Ryden represented the landlord EPIC UK, while Orega was represented by JLL.

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Top Japanese Bank takes 20 year lease in the City of London

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Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation has signed a twenty year lease for 160,000 sq ft at the Broadgate Estate in the City of London.

The deal will see SMBCE, one of Japan’s leading banks, take the first three floors of 100 Liverpool Street which is currently undergoing an extensive redevelopment by British Landlord.

The letting represents 37 per cent of the available office space at 100 Liverpool St which sits next to the entrance to the soon-to-open Crossrail station.

Head of Offices at British Land, Tim Roberts, said: “SMBCE’s decision to invest in Broadgate for the long term is not only a strong endorsement of London as a global city which remains attractive to international organisations as a place to do business, but of the wider campus and 100 Liverpool Street.

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Orega opening new business centre in the City

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OREGA is to expand its serviced office portfolio yet further with a brand new business centre in the City of London.

The new Square Mile offices will be at 70 Gracechurch Street and will have desk space for 400 people.

Orega’s Real Estate Director Robin Pugh commented:

“We are delighted to be able to work with XL Catlin to provide a high quality business centre at 70 Gracechurch Street. Our unique operating model provides an above market return for our partners and XL Catlin is fully behind our solutions for the provision of flexible workspace in the building to maximise the benefits of this opportunity.”

“The flexible workspace market is changing quickly with increasing demand from established businesses who see the offer as the preferred route for their space requirements.”

The new offices are due to open early in 2018 and tours of the space by potential tenants are beginning this month. Last month the serviced office operator announced plans to expand its business centre in Chancery Lane.

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Bloomberg unveils new European headquarters in London

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FINANCIAL news and software giant Bloomberg has unveiled its brand new European headquarters in London.

The new offices, just off Cannon Street in the City of London, claim to be the world’s most sustainable office design.

It is the first wholly owned and designed Bloomberg building anywhere in the world and brings the companies 4,000 employees in London under the same roof for the first time.

Designed by Lord Foster, the development is divided in two by the Bloomberg Arcade which runs through it – a new public space with restaurants handpicked for international cuisine.

The launch of the new offices was attended yesterday by founder, Mike Bloomberg and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Michael R. Bloomberg, founder, Bloomberg L.P. said: “Our new building aims to empower our employees so that we can better serve our customers, while complementing and adding new life to this historic neighborhood. Lord Foster’s spectacular design brings people together in ways that will promote collaboration and communication, and it forges new frontiers in sustainability that we hope will serve as a model for other companies. We have a great future here in London, and this is a big investment in the city.”

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, said: “This fantastic new building is a huge vote of confidence in London as a destination for global business. It is also a shining example of what can be achieved by combining fantastic British architecture and the latest green technology to reduce our impact on the environment.”

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Office space provider to expand Chancery Lane business centre

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INDEPENDENT office space provider Orega has announced an expansion to its Chancery Lane business centre in the City of London.

The company is adding 12,500 sq ft of refurbished office space on the 3rd floor of 5 Chancery Lane to its existing serviced office offering on the 4th and 5th floors.

“Our expansion within the capital has been a great success. As we know London offers one of the best prospects for business development and international success. The proximity to the Royal Courts of Justice, the Maugham Library and the commercial district in the West End makes Chancery Lane an ideal location for any business with the ambition to grow.” says Richard Kirby, Sales Director at Orega.

“With the demand for high quality serviced offices, we’re very confident that Orega will continue to grow and expand not only in the UK but also internationally.” says Jeremy Hampton, Commercial Director at Orega.

The historic building is able to boast co-working desks, a stylish reception area with a modern interior and a 6-storey glass atrium leading down to an indoor garden.

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