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Changing channels: landmark art deco office building updates its BBC pedigree

Designed in 1928 by George Val Myer, Portsoken House forms part of a stunning art deco portfolio from the renowned architect including Russell Court on Woburn Place, Aldford House in Mayfair (where BMW has its Park Lane showroom) and, most famously, Broadcasting House at Langham Place.  

The highest office building in the city at the time of its construction, Portsoken House takes its name from the ancient ward of Portsoken, which loosely translates as “land at the gate” and refers to the ward’s location adjacent to the city walls of Norman London.  

Today, the building has received a complete refurbishment at the hands of McKay Securities with a comprehensive remodelling that delivers a host of new specifications and amenities behind the beautiful Portland Stone façade.  

A new contemporary entrance lobby sets the stage with large format porcelain floor tiles, futuristic LED light boxes and a sleek reception desk. The building has a WiredScore of silver and further amenities include a commissionaire, underground bicycle store, shower and locker facilities, two passenger lifts and a dry cleaning and concierge service.

We are currently offering two office units in the building: the 2nd floor of 5,146 ft2 and the 8th floor of 3,260 ft2. These open plan spaces have an EPC rating of B44 and include new VRF air-conditioning; new LED lighting; underfloor trunking and architectural ceiling designs.  

A fully fitted turnkey solution can be offered by the landlord including meeting rooms, a kitchenette, workstations and office chairs to give an ingoing occupier the ready-to-go convenience of a serviced office alongside the independence that comes with leasing a self-contained workspace.  

Sitting effectively at the meeting point of The City and City Fringe – where Aldgate, Whitechapel and Spitalfields converge – Portsoken House offers a perfectly placed city base that’s not just close to the financial district, but also home to a mix of enterprises from the traditional and technology sectors, and all just a few minutes walk from Brick Lane.  

Fenchurch Street, Liverpool Street, Bank, Aldgate, Aldgate East, Tower Hill and Tower Gateway stations are all within walking distance while countless bus routes stop nearby. The arrival of Crossrail at nearby up’n’coming Whitechapel in late 2018 will add yet more to the local connectivity and further enhance the area’s continued regeneration.

 

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