Planning permission has been granted to convert a warehouse into modern office space. The Tanner Street warehouse was the home of popular BBC Show Dragons’ Den, and has now been purchased by Legal & General, who announced their plans to convert the building. It is being renovated by Vantage, a combined project been PGGM and Legal & General Capital. 

The 62,100 sq. ft. undeveloped Victorian warehouse in Bermondsey is currently hired for a variety of one-off events as well as commercial projects. It has also been seen on both BBC shows The Great British Sewing Bee and Dragon’s Den. With a high profile name behind it and plenty of space, it is no surprise that a company as well-known as Legal & General have taken the lead on renovating it. As it is part of the Bermondsey Street conservation area, the building and surrounding areas are protected – so it will be designed to respect this and keep in with the theme of the local area.

It is currently a three-storey building and the work, which is set to start in 2019, will turn this into a seven-storey building with integrated office space.

Legal & General’s Nigel Fuller (Senior Fund Manager) also talked of the project and how they are excited to turn 47 Tanner Street into a much loved, modern-looking venue and office space. He said they know that demand for office space is high in the area and they are thrilled to be able to help provide it.

The design of the new building has been put together by SPPARC and is set to achieve an Excellent BREEAM status. The principal at the architecture firm, Trevor Morriss, talked about how they are keeping the traditional look of the building. They’ll use masonry façade as well as glazed tiers which will set a couple of storeys higher and be set back. They set out to provide a unique and varied workspace that keeps its traditional look at complements the exciting commercial and residential buildings that already exist in the area.