Boston gets more than a feeling for Derwent's 80 Charlotte St

By Paul Norman - Monday, September 11, 2017 8:36

Derwent London has prelet most of the remaining office space at 80 Charlotte Street W1 to The Boston Consulting Group, which is taking the top 5th to 8th floors comprising 123,500 sq ft.

Boston is taking a 15-year lease with five-year rent reviews and an option to break after 12years subject to a penalty. The initial rent is £10.6m pa, slightly above ERV.

In addition, Arup Group has now committed to take a further 19,800 sq ft on the 4th floor on the same terms as its other office space, a 20-year lease at an initial rent of £1.5m pa subject to annual increases of 2.25% for the first fifteen years.

Arup has also relinquished its option to take the remaining space on that floor. Including the space Arup previously committed to occupy, Derwent has now pre-let a minimum of 276,900 sq ft or 86% of the total office space in the project for a rent of £21.8m pa.

BCG also has the right to take up to a further 43,000 sq ft comprising 20,100 sq ft on the 4th floor, which was previously under option to Arup, and 22,900 sq ft on the ground and lower ground floors. The rent free periods on the let space are in line with the earlier Arup letting. Should BCG take up all its additional space this significant Fitzrovia building would be 99% pre-let.

The 80 Charlotte Street development campus totals 380,000 sq ft in three buildings designed by Make Architects and construction is due for completion at the end of 2019. 80 Charlotte Street is the largest building at 323,000 sq ft. The two other buildings total 12,000 sq ft of offices and 45,000 sq ft of residential space. Following today’s announcement a minimum 83% of the total commercial element is pre-let with BCG having the right to occupy another 13%.

John Burns, Chief Executive Officer of Derwent London, said: “We are delighted to welcome The Boston Consulting Group to our portfolio. The fact that two of the world’s leading professional consulting groups have committed to 80 Charlotte Street as their London headquarters so early in the construction process is proof of the quality of our product and its location. It also means that Derwent London has achieved over £35m of new lettings this year surpassing last year’s record by over 13% and our commercial space for delivery in 2019 is now a minimum of 48% pre-let.”

Andy Veitch, Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group said: “We are deeply excited to agree space for our future home at 80 Charlotte Street. Derwent and their design team have masterminded a truly spectacular scheme in this quiet and rapidly improving corner of Fitzrovia, close to the buzz of central London. This will be the perfect setting for our people to connect, develop and drive impact through our work. Derwent has led the market in providing us with flexibility and unique opportunities for our growth and our occupation strategy. We now look forward to creating our new home at 80 Charlotte Street, building on our workplace strategy, with the same innovative spirit as in New York, Los Angeles, Milan and our other offices.”

CBRE, JLL, and Pilcher Hershman acted for Derwent London. Cushman & Wakefield acted for BCG. Strutt & Parker acted for Arup.

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