Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has signed up to take office space in the Cheesegrater, officially confirming its move to the City of London skyscraper designed by the practice
The deal will see RSHP move out of its Thames Wharf studios in Hammersmith - its home for the last 30 years – and into level 14 of the 47-storey Leadenhall Building.
The practice has taken a 15 year lease on the 1,670m² office space on the largest remaining floor of the building.
Staff members were told of the ‘imminent’ deal back in November, after it was revealed in the AJ the practice was in early talks to relocate from its riverside home (AJ 19.09.14).
The partners at RSHP said: ‘We are very proud of The Leadenhall Building and delighted to become its latest tenants.
‘After 30 years at Thames Wharf Studios, it is important for us to be moving into a building that reflects the ethos and evolution of our design practice, clearly stated in its urban relationship with the Lloyd’s building opposite.
‘We will begin this new phase of our history in a building that already feels like home but allows us the advantages of a contemporary, flexible office space in a prime location in the increasingly vibrant and exciting City of London.’
RSHP has been looking for a new home since 2013 after it was announced the practice’s longstanding Hammersmith HQ was set to be redeveloped.
Developer London & Regional Properties appointed the practice to draw up a scheme for the site, currently occupied by RSHP’s award-winning barrel-roofed office and the Michelin-starred River Café, which is owned and run by Rogers’ wife, Ruth.
RSHP joins insurance companies Aon, Amlin, and Rothesay Life, and serviced office provider Servcorp at the Leadenhall building, taking the amount of space let or under offer to 70 per cent.
Tim Roberts, head of offices at British Land said: ‘RSHP have been a valued partner throughout the conception and delivery of The Leadenhall Building and we’re delighted they have chosen to relocate to the building. Their decision and the ongoing interest we are seeing reflects both the attractions of the building and the changing face of the City, appealing to an increasingly diverse mix of occupiers.’
Mike Rayner, head of development at Oxford Properties added: ‘RSHP is one the world’s leading architecture practices and their decision to move to The Leadenhall Building provides the ultimate endorsement. This is a world-class building, which is attracting high calibre occupiers across a broad range of sectors.’