The Scalpel is now half-let following agreements with two new tenants. National Australia Bank and Lombard International recently signed leases bringing the brand new skyscraper to 53% occupancy.
National Australia Bank (NAB) took 26,864 square feet of space across the ninth and tenth floors of the Scalpel, while Lombard International – an international financial advisor – took 9,189 square feet on the twenty-seventh floor.
NAB plans to move employees into their new space between late 2019 and early 2020, whereas Lombard International will be looking to relocate early next year.
John Hillman, Executive Chairman at Lombard, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with our choice of The Scalpel for our new UK corporate centre. Having looked at various options, we felt this prestigious City location and iconic building best represents our brand and values”.
Rolfe Lakin, CFO of NAB, said: “The Scalpel offers the NAB London team, visiting customers and overseas colleagues an efficient, state of the art, high specification space in a vibrant core City location in the heart of London’s financial district”.
The Scalpel itself stands 190m tall – 10m taller than its Gherkin-shaped neighbour – and has a total of 35 storeys. London’s newest skyscraper has a total of 387,000 square feet of office space with a large portion still available to let. The remaining space is available on floor plates from 6,500 square feet up to 15,500 square feet.
The sharp-looking tower sits on the corner of Lime Street and Leadenhall Street, in the City of London. It neighbours some of London’s iconic high-rises, with the Lloyd’s building across the road, the Willis Building next door, and the Leadenhall Building just around the corner. It was designed by American architects Kohn Pederson Fox.
The Scalpel is London’s eighth highest building, specifically designed to preserve views of St. Pauls Cathedral, and – unlike many of its nicknamed neighbours – is officially titled after its shape-sake, rather than it being merely a nickname.