Chancery House Exterior view

Dating back to 1885, Chancery House has been retrofitted to provide a full range of workspaces. Credit: TOG


GALLERY | Look inside TOG’s biggest flex workspace

At 127,000 sq ft, with space for about 1,500 desks, Chancery House in London will be the flexible workspace provider’s largest site when it opens in May 2023.

Once complete, Chancery House will offer “high-quality, fully furnished and design-led flexible workspace” for businesses of all sizes. The eight-storey site will have coworking space on the lower two floors and a range of unit sizes in the rest of the building.

The property, designed with dMFK Architects and Norm Architects, was created to cater to a range of working styles, offering private booths, breakout spaces, meeting rooms, lounges, a library and traditional desk space.

TOG said there is scope for businesses to take on single or multiple floors as sole occupiers, and to customise space.

The operator called the site, located above the historic London Silver Vaults, its most ambitious retrofit to date.

Chancery House dates back to 1885, when it opened as the Chancery Lane Safe Deposit. Damage to the original structure during World War II led to a retrofit in 1953, with extensions added in the 1980s and 2000s.

TOG is part of The Office Group, which was created earlier this year following the merger between TOG and Fora. The combined company has 72 locations totalling 3.1m sq ft in the UK and Germany.


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Certified space

The building has received WELL precertification for the impact it has on human wellbeing. Precertification allows projects in the construction stage to confirm that they are on the ‘correct path’ towards full certification.

TOG will apply for full certification once Chancery House is complete with the intention of achieving WELL Platinum, the highest rating possible.

With solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system and green spaces throughout, the development is also targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Meanwhile, landscape architecture firm Spacehub is also working with TOG to convert an underused carpark into a “biodiversity-boosting” publicly accessible urban garden.

Enrico Sanna, CEO at The Office Group, said: “Chancery House is TOG’s most ambitious project to date – both in terms of scale and our overall offer for occupiers.

“We’re committed to delivering an exceptional experience for our customers and we’re delighted to have achieved the WELL Precertification. It reflects our work to create a space that is genuinely conducive to employee wellbeing – and somewhere people actively choose to be.

“Working with dMFK and Norm, we’ve created a calming, welcoming atmosphere, with spaces to cater to all working styles and needs, and second-to-none facilities.

“Today, businesses are looking for two key things when they select office space – flexibility and quality. They need spaces that draw employees in and together, but also the scope to adapt and scale up or down quickly, as requirements change. Chancery House speaks directly to both of these needs.”

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