Helical, the property investment and development company, and its partner AshbyCapital, the property investment advisory company, have launched One Bartholomew, their new 12-storey office building in London’s Farringdon, close to the new Elizabeth Line station.
One Bartholomew is the latest completed element of Barts Square, a new mixed-use quarter in the heart of London. The 215,000 sq ft grade A office building offers 19,000 sq ft floorplates with high levels of natural light, 336 cycle storage spaces, luxury changing rooms with high-quality showers and drying rooms, and an expansive double-height reception featuring a unique neon lighting installation that spells out One Bartholomew in barcode.
Designed by award-winning architects Sheppard Robson, the building has views of St Paul’s Cathedral to the south and looks out over the tranquil new square created as part of the wider Barts Square development, where new restaurants Lino and Stem + Glory have recently opened.
It has a BREEAM environmental and sustainability rating of ‘Excellent’ and is WiredCertified Platinum for its connectivity and digital infrastructure.
US digital advertising company, The Trade Desk, has pre-let 55,000 sq ft at the building, taking the top three floors. 160,000 sq ft over nine contiguous floors remains and is available via joint agents CBRE, Savills and Ingleby Trice.
Gerald Kaye, Chief Executive of Helical, said:
“With the completion of One Bartholomew, two new restaurants now open and homes continuing to see strong interest, it is exciting to see Barts Square coming to life. Located at the heart of London, where the City meets creative Clerkenwell, Farringdon has a unique character. It is steeped in history, with the iconic Smithfield market and the oldest standing church in London; it is on the culture mile, close to the Museum of London, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Barbican Centre and planned new concert hall; and has a wealth of vibrant bars and restaurants for those living and working in the area to enjoy.”
Peter Ferrari, Chief Executive of AshbyCapital, said:
“Having previously invested in this area, we know how popular it is with a range of occupiers, and this is only set to intensify once Crossrail arrives. With great transport links from Farringdon, Barbican and St Paul’s stations already, and the kind of thoughtful, tenant-focused amenities that occupiers of our buildings have come to expect, One Bartholomew is an exceptional building in an increasingly sought-after location. The Trade Desk’s pre-let of three floors is testament to the building’s quality; there is strong interest in the remaining space and we look forward to announcing further tenants soon.”
David Taylor, partner at Sheppard Robson, said:
“Architecturally, the building stands as a simple but finely detailed form that marks the step change in size between the edge of the conservation area and the larger developments of the City behind. The building’s scale and iridescent facades mark the arrival of a major new development and public space that form a key part of the wider Barts Square project.”
Those working at One Bartholomew will have a broad range of amenities on their doorstep. Farringdon is a culinary centre, with Hix, Smiths of Smithfield, St John and Club Gascon just a couple of minutes’ walk from the building. Tenants will also be spoilt for choice for after-work drinks venues: from the quirky design of The Zetter Townhouse to the olde-worlde charm of The Jerusalem Tavern, there is something to suit all tastes and occasions. The building is also close to numerous parks and gardens, including Postman’s Park, the Cloister Garden at St John’s, West Smithfield Rotunda Garden, Christchurch Greyfriars Garden, as well as the new landscaped areas that make up Barts Square.
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