Department for Work & Pensions takes 18,000 sq ft in Whitechapel

An established family office, advised by Compton and Cushman & Wakefield, has let 18,000 sq ft of office accommodation at 25 Settles Street, Whitechapel, London, E1 to The Department for Work & Pensions.

The Government department has taken the self-contained space on the lower ground, ground and 1st floors of the four-storey property on a new ten-year lease at an annual rent of £900,000 (£50 psf). The property was acquired in 2018 and has since been comprehensively refurbished, taking into account the architecture, location and context of the building, to provide a state of the art facility.

Elliott Stern of Compton, said: “The neoclassical office property has been thoughtfully reimagined and redesigned to provide a modern, contemporary working environment. The redevelopment recognises the building’s rich heritage with a specification that complements its unique features, such as the crescent-shaped pitched roof, which dates back to the 1930s, and provides a stunning backdrop for a workspace of an exceptional standard.

“Whitechapel itself is one of the most exciting districts of the City Fringe. The imminent arrival of the Elizabeth Line will add to the area’s connectivity and this is attracting occupiers who were traditionally in more Core locations,” he added.

The Department for Work & Pensions was represented by Cushman & Wakefield.