Hoare Lea’s King’s Cross office tenancy is the eighth commercial agreement to be signed at central London regeneration scheme.
Hoare Lea engineers have agreed terms on a 15 year lease for the remodeled Western Transit Shed at King’s Cross. The Argent Group and its King’s Cross Central partners anticipate that the engineers will take up residence at their new flagship London office rental in autumn 2012.
The firm specialises in mechanical, electrical and public health consulting and currently employs 165 staff at its 14,000 sq ft W1 offices on Tottenham Court Road.
Founded in 1862, it is considered to be the largest engineering practice of its kind in the UK and is currently working on projects valued at more than £4 billion. By relocating to the Kings Cross office rental, award winning engineering firm will occupy a further 6,000 sq ft enabling to expand its team of London consultants.
Combining industrial heritage with a contemporary finish, The Western Transit Shed has been designed to provide a dynamic and functional workspace in N1, at the very centre of the colossal 67 acre railway lands development.
Hoare Lea has become one of three big names to have already signed up for office space at King’s Cross and the engineers are to be amongst the first office workers to move in to Kings Cross business space in N1.
The Shed is positioned close to the recently renovated Granary Complex, which is the new home of Central Saint Martin College of Art . Argent and Hoare Lea have been collaborating on the design and specification of the commercial building.
The common aim has been to ensure that all 165 engineering staff can get the most out of the office move to Kings Cross, so employees will now benefit from improved breakout, kitchens and meeting areas, the convenience of great train links, cycling and shower facilities, all within a larger and well equipped executive office space.
Hoare Lea’s London’s Managing Partner, Miles Freeman was pleased to confirm the agreement stating: “King’s Cross met all of the aspirations we set at the start of our search for new premises,... Everyone at the firm is extremely excited about the move as it will enable us to embrace the future and will take place in 2012 – the year we celebrate our 150 year anniversary.”
David Partridge, Argent’s Joint Chief Executive, added that: “We are delighted that Hoare Lea has chosen to relocate to King’s Cross. …The Western Transit shed is a one off opportunity and we are working closely with Hoare Lea to ensure the design fully meets their needs.”