Great Portland Estates plc (GPE), in conjunction with the City of London Corporation, announces that it has pre-let 142,500 sq. ft. in its development at 12/14 New Fetter Lane, EC4 to top 20 international law firm Bird & Bird.
Bird & Bird has agreed to lease all of the 12 storey office building with an option to hand back up to 25,900 sq. ft. up to six months prior to practical completion. Bird & Bird will take four 20.25 year leases, without break, paying an initial rent of £8,279,000 per annum, equating to an average of £58.80 per sq. ft. for the office space. Bird & Bird will receive 7 months rent free from lease commencement, and GPE will provide £20.6m in cash in four equal quarterly instalments from lease completion to cover fitting out and other costs.
12/14 New Fetter Lane is held on a 154 year lease from the City Corporation at a 6% ground rent. GPE will commence demolition of the existing buildings on the site this summer with practical completion scheduled for late 2015.