Great Portland Estates plc (GPE) announces that it has pre-let all 321,100 sq ft of office space at its 2 Aldermanbury Square, EC2 development to leading international law firm Clifford Chance LLP (Clifford Chance).
Clifford Chance has entered an agreement to lease the lower ground to twelfth floors, on separate twenty year leases, with options to break at year fifteen together with additional options to break at year eight on the fourth floor and year twelve on the fifth floor. Clifford Chance also has an option to hand back the first to fourth floors of the building (up to 89,000 sq ft) which expires on 1 March 2024. The agreement to lease is conditional on the discharge of two planning conditions (by May 2023) and approval from the City of London as required by GPE’s headlease ahead of practical completion.
Clifford Chance will pay an initial rent of £77.00 per sq ft (assuming no space is handed back) and will benefit from 38 months’ rent free over the fifteen year terms, with a further three months’ rent free in the event those leases are not broken.
GPE has already commenced demolition of the existing building and has now committed to deliver 2 Aldermanbury Square, by entering into a building contract with Lendlease, with completion anticipated in December 2025. The development will be net zero carbon, as well as providing expanded public realm and amenity, along with new retail space.