Repositioning properties

Sky Light, City Tower, EC2

May 2014

Creating value from real estate often requires vision. At City Tower, EC2, we transformed the podium floors from dark, poor quality, low value space with limited occupier appeal into a new self-contained office, Sky Light.

Repositioning properties to drive rental growth

The podium floors formed part of the comprehensive refurbishment of City Tower, our 138,200 sq ft office property in the heart of the City on Basinghall Street, and posed the greatest challenge. Through the introduction of a double height reception with its own entrance, the addition of skylights and new glazing to street level to increase natural light and the removal of columns to open up the floor plates, we created 25,400 sq ft of self-contained Grade A office accommodation which we rebranded Sky Light.


Shortly after completion of the refurbishment in September 2013, Sky Light was leased to Porta Communications plc, the international communications and marketing firm, for 15 years paying an annual rent of £1.0 million. At £39.50 per sq ft, the rent is more than double the previous passing rent.

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What they say…

We chose Sky Light as our new headquarters as it provides us with first class space in the City, with our own front door and which works well for both our employees and clients.

David Wright Chief Executive, Porta Communications

What we say…

To maximise the attraction of this well-located space and to capture the rental growth opportunity, we delivered a contemporary, efficient and light office environment with broad occupier appeal.

Mashood Ashraf Project Manager, GPE

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