Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) is to take on extra space in 10 Queen Street Place, which it will use to create a ‘charities hub.’
The new hub will open in spring 2018 and occupy 4,000 sq ft of space on the first floor of the office. The floor in question was formerly occupied by King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), with whom Bates Wells shared the building until the former firm’s demise at the start of 2017.
Charities will have the opportunity to rent open-plan desk space on either a long or short-term license basis.
BWB has partnered with the charity and social enterprise CAN Mezzanine, which will undertake the day to day management and renting of the space.
BWB managing partner Martin Bunch said: “We’ve considered for some time how we could bring this project to life and, with the hub now almost a reality, it certainly feels that a long-term ambition is now being achieved.
“At a time when organisations of all kinds often struggle to find suitable office space in London, we feel that this project provides a positive example of what, in practical terms, can be done to support charities.
“We look forward to both opening the hub next year and to welcoming those who are keen to use the available space.”
It is Bates Wells’ second foray into former KWM territory: in 2015 the firm moved into the first floor of KWM’s space, evacuating its former office near St Paul’s Cathedral, which was being demolished. The firm went open plan and paper-light as a result of the move.