Wednesday, July 21, 2010

JP Morgan might dried Canary Wharf for the City

Rebecca OConnor and Katherine Griffiths & , : {}

Canary Wharfs hopes of receiving the climax as Londons main monetary centre have suffered a new blow as it emerged that JP Morgan is scouting for bureau locations behind in the City.

The US investment bank is deliberation subsidy out of the �1.5 billion European domicile growth in Canary Wharf and is accepted to be seeking at alternative growth sites and existent bureau buildings, as it reviews the plans for the HQ.

JP Morgan has not ruled out the choice to throw exactly proposals to connect all staff, together with newly incorporated Cazenove employees, underneath one roof. It is instead deliberation renting apart offices to house the thousands of UK workers, in further to or instead of multiform alternative buildings it occupies in the City and Canary Wharf.

The destiny of the intrigue was initial called in to subject in Dec when Jamie Dimon, JP Morgans arch executive, voiced annoy at the due taxation crackdown on bonuses, that had stirred it and alternative banks to recur carrying poignant operations in London. Office agents design the bank to endorse a last preference on either it will desert growth plans imminently.

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The bank paid for the Riverside South site from Canary Wharf Group, a auxiliary of Songbird Estates, in Nov 2008 for �237 million, in a understanding regarded as a manoeuvre for Canary Wharf so shortly after the fall of Lehman Brothers. However, the squeeze contains an choice with the developer to lift out by the finish of 2010, for that JP Morgan would have to compensate for work done, as well as a contractual �76 million forfeit.

For the bank, renting buildings from alternative landlords is expected to be cheaper in the short tenure than owning the own.

However, agents hold that there are no alternative buildings in Londons monetary district big sufficient to house the banks plans for 1.7 million sq ft of offices, nonetheless there are a series of alternative growth sites that could be adapted.

The bank could lapse to Hammersons St Alphage House, in between London Wall and the Barbican the 1 million sq ft intrigue that it deserted in foster of the 1.7 million sq ft Riverside South development. Other growth sites embody Wood Wharf, the redevelopment of the Isle of Dogs, Legal General Propertys Walbrook Square and Great Portland Estates 100 Bishopsgate, on that work is due to begin in 2011. Another choice would be to take the estimated 1 million sq ft at Lehman Brothers former offices in Canary Wharf.

A preference by JP Morgan to behind out of the Canary Wharf scheme, written by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the design association of Lord Rogers of Riverside, will be a blow to the East End developer when it is concentrating on boosting occupancy at the site, that suffered during the promissory note crisis. The skill owner not long ago lost out when Nomura, the Japanese bank, sealed a franchise for Watermark Place, a City development, instead of staying in Canary Wharf.

As the zone recovers, Londons monetary institutions are leasing building space at a rate not seen given the rise of the marketplace as accessibility starts to collapse and occupiers pour out to secure space, according to Knight Frank.

However, the series of lettings in Docklands rose by a reduce volume than in the Square Mile in the second half of last year. A sum of 42,636 sq ft was let in Canary Wharf in the last 6 months of last year, compared with 1.43 million sq ft in the City, the skill consultancy said.

Canary Wharf pronounced there had been no shift in standing to the strange agreement it sealed with JP Morgan in Nov 2008.

JP Morgan declined to comment.


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