Gensler agrees pre-let at Moretown

Global architecture practice Gensler has agreed to move into Moretown, the re-branded Thomas More Square estate in Wapping, London, after agreeing a 15-year lease with Resolution Property.

The architects will occupy a 30,000 ft² of office space at one of the refurbished buildings within the campus, moving 220 employees from its current London HQ at Aldgate House.

Work on Moretown is expected to start in January and complete in the second quarter of 2018.

The wider estate is already home to Sky TV, IPSOS Mori, Digital Window, Thales and Handelsbanken.

Duncan Swinhoe, Regional Managing Principal, Gensler, said:

“Moretown provides us with an unparalleled opportunity to re-imagine an entire building and create and occupy the next generation of working environment, tailored around the needs of our design teams.

“The revitalised campus has the potential to become an exciting creative hub extending the City fringe southward from Shoreditch and attracting businesses from different sectors with shared goals of driving innovation and building on people focused, talent-led values.”

Gensler recently made headlines for its innovative concept for a temporary UK parliament on the River Thames to house MPs during the renovations to the Palace of Westminster.

It also won planning consent for the Shoreditch Highgate Hotel in December 2015, which is designed around the 24-hour economy.

Gensler also expanded its UK footprint earlier this year to Birmingham, its first office outside London, contributing to the creative cluster in the Digbeth region of the city.