Global media giant, Havas, comes to King’s Cross

Posted: Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Global communications group, Havas, chooses King’s Cross to consolidate its UK presence

Havas, the global marketing and media company, has exchanged on an Agreement for Lease on Three Pancras Square at King’s Cross. The firm, which grew from a news agency founded in 1835, now operates in more than 100 countries and is one of the largest global advertising and communications groups in the world. To house employees from all its 24 existing London offices in its new King’s Cross base, Havas will take the whole building, totalling c.165,000 sq ft.

Commenting on the deal, Yannick Bolloré, CEO Havas, said “I’m very excited about our future headquarters in King’s Cross. It is a further step in the implementation of our Havas Village strategy. The convergence of all our London-based agencies and their various disciplines is our guarantee to our clients that we can look beyond our individual expertise and work together to provide them with clear benefits in a constantly evolving market. Another factor in choosing King’s Cross was its proximity to prestigious art and tech institutions”.

Three Pancras Square is being designed by Porphyrios Associates, the practice which jointly created the King’s Cross masterplan. It sits at the north east corner of Pancras Square, with entrances onto King’s Boulevard and the square. The building comprises 11 storeys; the ground floor will have a double height reception, with a café accessed from Pancras Square with second reception access from King’s Boulevard; there will be private roof terraces on floors 7 (the largest), 8 and 9.

Nick Searl, Partner, Argent (King’s Cross) Ltd., commented: “King’s Cross has excellent connectivity to continental Europe: you can be in Paris as quickly as you can be in Manchester, something which is clearly informing the profile of our office tenants. We are delighted to welcome another prestigious, pioneering media brand to make King’s Cross its home.”

Andrew Barnes, director in JLL’s office agency team commented: “After an extensive search across London, Havas was drawn to King’s Cross because of its high quality office offering coupled with excellent infrastructure and facilities for its staff. Havas’s new building will offer a fantastic workplace in London’s most successful urban quarter, with unrivalled transport services and staff amenities.”

The building is due to complete in Summer 2016; after a fit-out, Havas teams will begin their move-in in early 2017. One and Two Pancras Square are already fully-let and completed; KCCLP was advised by Savills; Havas was advised by JLL.

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