New 13-storey office buildings in the capital
It has been announced that planning permission has been granted for new riverside offices on London’s South Bank. This new development will be called EG: HQ.
How big will these offices be?
These offices will become part of the Embassy Gardens development in the capital, and will provide over 217,000 sq.ft of flexible space. This will be in zone 1, in Nine Elms.
The offices will also provide over 18,000 sq.ft of outdoor amenity space that includes 9,000 sq. ft of communal terrace for tenants. In addition, there will be a number of private open-air terraces for people to enjoy. These will be designed to have magnificent views over the River Thames.
But that is not all, as the development will also have ground-floor retail and restaurant space spanning over 5,000 sq.ft in total.
Office building to encourage sustainable travel
There will also be 330 cycle spaces (as well as a cycle workshop) available for office workers in the new commercial area.
Who has designed the office building?
The architects Morris+Company are the masterminds behind this new development project on the South Bank. The aim behind this new office space in South West London is to maximise large open floor space, in order to meet the growing demand for flexible office space in the City.
Residential and business development in the area
EG: HQ is a part of a wider development project going on in Nine Elms, the area which surrounds the United States Embassy building that opened in 2017.
In 2012, Wandsworth Council gave planning approval for the 15-acre development to the Ballymore Group.
The planning permission was granted on the basis that Embassy Gardens would give 1,982 new homes as well as cafes, bars, restaurants, business space, a health centre, and even new sports pitches to the local area.
Relocating commercial tenants
The development also aims to capitalise on the growing appeal of the area to commercial tenants. In recent years a number of shops, bars, cafes, and restaurants have set up shop in the zone 1 location.
When will the EG: GQ be completed?
The development is expected to be finished by 2022.
Growing business potential in Nine Elms
The new embassy development will have a number of high profile neighbours when it is completed. For example, publishers DK and Penguin Random House will both be moving into One Embassy Gardens in 2020, with Apple headquarters also nearby.
What’s more, there will be a new Northern Line extension opening in 2021 that will be opening in Nine Elms, as well as at nearby Battersea Power Station. This makes the new development ideally situated for commuters in London.