DWF to move into Walkie Talkie building

DWF is moving to London’s famous Walkie Talkie building after agreeing to take around 40,000 sq ft at 20 Fenchurch Street.

The firm is moving from its current base at 85 King William Street to the distinctive reflective building, which made headlines last year for melting a nearby bike and parts of a sports car.

The development is a joint venture between Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group, which is advised by Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) real estate partner Alan Wight on all occupier deals.

Linklaters secured planning permission for the building back in 2007 (10 July 2007). Planning partner Ray Jackson and senior planning associate Michael Gill steered it through a review in March to eventually win approval from the secretary of state for communities and local government Hazel Blears.

Wight has advised the Canary Wharf Group on many of its leases, including CMS Cameron McKenna’s plans to take a 25-year lease in Cannon Place for its London operation in March 2013.

Land Securities operates a formal panel separate to the join venture which it renewed in February 2013, adding Hogan Lovells to its ‘A’ roster (19 February 2013). Freshfields relationship partner Chris Morris handles occupier deals for the group including developments like One New Change.

But the joint venture is separate entity and is advised by BLP on all leasing contracts. The DWF agreement means the building will be almost 90 per cent let or under offer in anticipation of its completion in April 2014.