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Artist's vision of Finsbury Tower on Bunhill Row, London EC1.

Artist's vision of Finsbury Tower on Bunhill Row, London EC1.

24.03.2018

Finsbury Tower

Address:
103-105 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8LZ
Type:
Residential
Completion:
2021
Flats:
25
Offices:
1
Viewed:
855

Description of Finsbury Tower

Finsbury Tower development near Old Street roundabout in London EC1.

2018 September - start on site.

2017 December - Islington Council gives planning permission for: Erection of a 12 storey extension to the existing 16 storey building and a 3 to 6 storey extension to the existing podium block up to 7 storeys to provide additional office (Use Class B1a) floorspace; recladding of the existing building to match the materials of the extensions; change of use of part of the ground floor accommodation to flexible Class A1 (retail) and A3 (restaurant/cafe) uses; demolition of single storey structures and the erection of 6 storey block adjacent to the western elevation to provide 25 affordable dwellings; alterations to the public realm, including landscaping and highways improvements and other associated works. Ref no P2016/3939/FUL.

2015 December - CIT Group acquires the 153,000 sq.ft. freehold office building from Hermes Investment Management.

Built in the 1960s, the 15 storey building was designed by Richard Seifert.

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The work is now underway to transform the existing 153,000 sq ft office building to over 310,000 sq ft of retail, residential and office space across 29 storeys.

Consent had previously been obtained by CIT to create a brand new Grade A, the office-led scheme at the site, with practical completion due in Q3 of 2021.

Craig Johnston, Chief Operating Officer of CIT commented, “This scheme will deliver highly sought-after office space, alongside new retail and improved public realm in the Capital’s tech district between Old Street and the City Fringe. We are pleased to be moving forward with this exciting development and working alongside Brookfield and ARI.”

This debt package was originated by Brookfield and represents the company’s first loan into the UK commercial development market, as noted by Andrea Balkan, Managing Partner and Head of Brookfield’s Real Estate Finance Funds, “We invest and operate in a number of property sectors and countries, and this diversified, global approach allows us to identify unique investment opportunities. This project with CIT and ARI will augment our current real estate debt portfolio and underpins our confidence in the strength and resilience of the London commercial market.

Ben Eppley, Head of Commercial Real Estate Lending in Europe for ARI said: “The project potential for the Finsbury Tower Development, combined with the opportunities to work with CIT as an experienced developer and collaborate with Brookfield as a co-lender were key decision-making factors for us. We think that the area has substantial growth prospects and look forward to the project progressing.”

Home to a diverse range of businesses active in the area, the Old Street and City Fringe location is becoming increasingly appealing to the technology, media, telecommunications (TMT) and creative industries. Finsbury Tower will provide a wide range of flexible office floorplates from 6,000 sq ft to 24,000 sq ft, designed to meet the needs of modern flexible working.

According to Shaun Simons, Director & Co-Head of City Fringe at Colliers International, “The offering at 103-105 Bunhill Road is extremely rare. The scale of the building allows for a variety of floorplates in the heart of the Old Street district well suited to accommodate a range of company sizes and types. The development will also be innovatively set up as a creative campus, with enough clientele to demand its own tailored retail and restaurant brands.” Office letting agents representing the development include BNP Paribas, Cushman Wakefield and Colliers International.

In addition to the new office space, the development will deliver over 20,000 sq. ft. of public realm, incorporating attractive landscaping and new pedestrian routes. Ground floor frontage, including a stylish parade along Bunhill Row, will house a range of independent retailers and restaurants, providing a diverse offering for residents and tenant employees.

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