Sellar: One or two leases signed for Shard London office space


In an interview with LBC 97.3, developer Irvine Sellar revealed that “one or two leases” had been signed for London office space in the UK capital’s Shard building.

However, Mr Sellar remained tight-lipped as to the name of the tenants involved.

Located in the heart of London within the London Bridge Quarter, the Shard stands much higher than the capital’s other renowned skyscrapers, such as the Gherkin. It is 1,016 ft in height and, until the recent construction of Russia’s Mercury City, was the tallest structure in Europe.

Mr Sellar revealed the current timetable for events in regards to next year, with February 1 marking the opening of the viewing gallery for the public – the first day of which has now sold out.

He suggested that a number of restaurants would be opening in around April and Shangri-La, the hotel operator, would be opening in May – although that date could slip back to June.

He also added: “the offices will open as we lease them – and we do have one or two leases now in place for the offices.”

Mr Sellar continued: “This is a building that every Londoner will be able to visit to view the viewing galleries, eat in the restaurants, sleep in the hotel and work in the offices.”

In total around 589,602 sq ft of office space will be available up to level 28 of the Shard, although originally a large percentage of that was scheduled to be taken up by Transport for London. However, it pulled out back in 2010, having  its lease bought out by Sellar Property Group and the State of Qatar.

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