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Italian firm Pianca has acquired the former base of the sober order Sons of Temperance Friendly Society at 176 Blackfriars Road.
Jane Imrie

Italian furniture designer acquires ‘iconic’ London building in £4.4m deal

An Italian furniture designer has purchased an ‘iconic’ Edwardian building in South London to expand its UK footprint.

Italian firm Pianca has acquired the former base of the sober order Sons of Temperance Friendly Society at 176 Blackfriars Road in a deal facilitated by South London estate agent KALMARs.

Originally built in 1910, the Grade II Listed building comprises five floors and 5,296 sq ft of office space, and was most recently refurbished in 2014.

‘Woodworking masters’ family business Pianca, which dates back 14 generations, has plans to potentially turn the office into a new London headquarters or a flagship store.

Adrian Gurney, director of the office agency department at KALMARs, commented: “176 Blackfriars Road is a striking building in a prominent position with its rich history as the former headquarters of the Sons of Temperance Friendly Society.

“The building’s original details are showcased whilst providing substantial office space of a high quality.

“This is one of the most iconic buildings along Blackfriars Road and KALMARs are proud to have been involved in its successful sale.”

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