Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) is in negotiations to relocate its studios into the Cheesegrater – the recently completed London landmark designed by the practice
Richard Rogers’ company has been looking for a new home since last year, when it emerged that the practice’s longstanding headquarters building at Thames Wharf in Hammersmith was set to be redeveloped.
Although a number of potential sites in the capital have been looked at, including the Farmiloe Building in Clerkenwell, insiders claim a move to the Leadenhall skyscraper is now the main target.
One source added: ‘From early on [the practice’s directors] were keen to be in one of their own projects.’
Another source claimed the practice was eyeing up level 14 of the tower – a 1,600m2 space which would cost about £1 million a year in rent.
If the deal goes through, RSHP will join insurance giant AON, which has signed up to occupy the building’s first 10 office floors, and fellow insurance firm Amlin, which has taken seven floors. The 47-storey tower is opposite Rogers’ Lloyd’s Building.
Rogers’ 30-year relationship with its existing riverside base in west London will not be completely over once its lease expires in 2016. Developer London & Regional Properties (LRP) has appointed the practice to draw up a residential-led redevelopment scheme for the site which is currently occupied by RSHP’s award-winning barrel-roofed office and the Michelin-starred River Café, owned and run by Rogers’ wife, Ruth.
The entire complex was bought in 2007 by Richard Rogers Partnership co-founder Marco Goldschmied in acrimonious circumstances as part of a settlement with his former partners. Late last year the former RIBA president sold a 75 per cent stake in the site to LRP for an undisclosed sum.
RSHP, which this week revealed plans for a £478 million mixed-use tower development in Abu Dhabi, declined to comment.
The Leadenhall Building will be open to the public for the first time as part of this weekend’s Open House London event.