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  2. Cool Britannia: sleek new City offices in refurbished heritage buildings

    21 June 2017
    Combining stunning City architecture with cutting-edge office design, the Eastcheap Estate consists of a magnificent Victorian parade thoroughly reimagined to reflect the blurring of lines between London’s creative and professional districts. As the City’s traditional makeup evolves into a lively scene of on-trend retail and restaurant locations, so the audience has moved beyond its historic legal and financial roots with a new wave of design-conscious enterprises happily making the Square Mile its home.
    Encompassing numbers 25 to 39 Eastcheap EC3, the development has already attracted a number of interesting retailers including Joe & the Juice, Waka and Black Sheep Coffee that give the ground floor a lively and convenient amenity to the offices above.

    Number 25 spans three classic buildings abutting the corner of Philpot Lane with a magnificent crowning cornice the wraps around the western end. Inside the wide range of highly designed and specified offices has floor plates ranging from 1,304 to 2,356ft2 with is scope to take one or multiple units, and even the entire building as an impressive headquarters of 11,178ft2. A newly remodelled and manned reception, 8-person passenger lift, WCs and showers throughout are among the building’s facilities, while the offices are finished in a smooth interior aesthetic of raised metal floors, LED light boxes and concealed services with flashes of original detail including iron columns and grit-blasted brick.

    At the Grade II Listed number 33, the enormously striking gothic façade includes intricate stonework across several porticos and arches. The embellished exterior will be matched inside (currently under refurbishment) with a unique set of offices that proudly exhibit the rich character and history of the building while offering truly 21st century facilities – hoops of LED lighting suspended from modern ceiling roses sit in sumptuous accord alongside wood panelled walls, parquet floors and the original glamorous staircase in a seriously plush and atmospheric workplace. Again the possibility exists to take a single floor up to the entire building, with floor plates from 836 to 1570ft2 and a total area of 6,860ft2.

    Finally, the comprehensive refurbishment of number 39 provides high-quality contemporary offices with excellent natural light and user flexibility. Just one unit remains here, a wonderful duplex of 1,878ft2 across the 4th and 5th floors with a private terrace on the upper level that looks south across the rooftops and beautifully frames The Shard in its view. In the communal areas, the handsome iron balustrades of the main staircase contrast with a newly remodelled reception that includes a floor-to-ceiling contemporary light installation and an 8-person passenger lift. The office specification includes Guzzini LED lighting, VRF air conditioning and new double glazed sash windows.

    The central location of the Eastcheap Estate gives tenants and visitors the full benefit of the City’s lifestyle landscape. Leadenhall Market and Royal Exchange offer outstanding retail and foodie nirvana in extraordinary architectural surroundings while the bustling cafes and restaurants of Tower Hill and Monument serve up morning coffee to evening cocktails and everything in between. To cap it all, in less than 10 minutes you walk to the South Bank for an after-work cultural fix.

    Needless to say, accessibility is hard to beat with Fenchurch Street, Cannon Street and London Bridge rail termini all within easy walking distance of the Eastcheap Estate along with the Underground stations at Bank, Monument, Aldgate and Tower Hill.

    The Author

    Oliver Jay
    020 7101 2020
    07903 714 187
    Oliver.Jay@colliers.com