Real Estate Weekly - 24 Nov '19

Weekly round up - Real Estate

5 Marble Arch, London

78,000 sq ft of offices pre-let to Bridgepoint Capital

5 Marble Arch, London

Bridgepoint Capital has pre-let all 78,000 square feet of office space at 5 Marble Arch. Rental levels achieved are estimated to be at £115 per sq ft (£8,970,000 per annum), expensive in terms of square footage value. The building is being developed to a high-end specification with panoramic views on to Hyde Park with parts of the building located on Edgware Road. The development will consist of an 18-story residential tower with 54 apartments.

Whether the development will be seen as a success remains to be seen. Local landlords will hope the project adds value to the area.

Key Facts

Landlord Almacantar

Tenant Bridgepoint Capital

Architect Rafael Vinoly

Transaction Date Q3 2019

Rent £115 per square foot

Total Size 78,000 sq ft

Wework Strategy Update

from Long Term Leases to Building Management

Marcello Claure, WeWork's incoming chairman, has announced a new strategy for the firm which will see it focus on managing other landlord's properties. The company will also focus its attention on franchising and revenue-sharing deals. The firm intends to keep its current model of singing long term leases in its leading markets.

With plans of going public halted, its controversial founder ousted, and out of the media attention, the firm now has an opportunity to clean itself up. The focus will be on creating a profitable company, something its directors do not anticipate until 2021.


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The concept is simple. What3words makes GPS coordinates user-friendly.

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