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Rebecca Wayman

The only way is up: Mities Group moves its offices to The Shard

On behalf of the building’s owners, REM has confirmed further office lettings are to be taken at The Shard.

Totalling 39,967 sq-ft, this will mark the 31st business, Mitie Group PLC, to move into the iconic London building. It will join a diverse mix of businesses already situated there, and it has agreed a 15-year lease taking the entirety of Level 12 as it brings 250 employees.

Mitie Group PLC will be joining The Shard in early 2018, which comes at a time of transformation for the company under its new senior management. This move will mean Mitie ends its lease on three separate offices, therefore being cost-effective.

Michael Baker, chief executive officer of REM and asset manager of The Shard, commented: “Mitie will move into the last full office floor-plate in the building and we are pleased to welcome our first facilities management company to the vertical city.

“The Shard and the surrounding London Bridge neighbourhood is now a thriving community that offers a wealth of social amenities and exceptional transport links that can’t be bettered by any other part of London - it is the perfect location for an ambitious company.”

It has been said that Mitie was attracted by the surrounding London Bridge area itself, with The Shard allowing the business to create a showcase for its Connected Workspace vision to demonstrate to consumers how it can help them to transform their workspace.

Phil Bentley, chief executive officer of Mitie, said: “The Connected Workspace is at the heart of our new strategy in Mitie - and we couldn’t find a better location than The Shard to showcase to our clients how we create tomorrow’s [version].”

Foresight, an existing occupier in the building, is also expanding by over a third and has agreed to take a further 10,143 sq-ft of office space on Level 18 in line with its existing lease. It is one of several companies that have expanded since moving in, including Duff & Phelps and MATCHESFASHION.COM.

Bernard Fairman, group chairman of Foresight Group, also commented: “As we continue to expand, it was very important to the management team at Foresight to ensure all departments remain in one location to maximise the benefit of ‘The Shard Effect’.”

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