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Bush House Consigns Keys to Kato Kagaku

Bush House receives planning consent as it progresses towards comprehensive refurbishment

London, 14th December 2012 – On Friday November 30th Jones Lang LaSalle on behalf of client Kato Kagaku received the keys to London’s iconic Bush House in a handing over ceremony marking the end of the BBC World Service residency. 

Bush House comprises approximately 300,000 sq ft in four office buildings ranging from 35,000 sq ft, Melbourne House to 120,000 sq ft, Centre Block.
Consent was received this week from Westminster City Council for change of use from retail to office, covering approximately 7000 sq ft of space located at the southern end of the listed centre block.   The consent was one of a number required to allow owners Kato Kagaku to proceed with their comprehensive refurbishment plans for this Iconic complex of buildings.
Speaking on behalf of owners Kato Kagaku, Project managers Jones Lang LaSalle said: “The receipt of the keys back from the BBC represents an important milestone in the continuing story that is Bush House.  We now commence the exciting next chapter to realise the future potential of this iconic building.  The refurbishment scheme allows for separation of the present blocks in to four independent buildings each with their own entrance hall, M&E installations, giving prospective tenants their own identities and streamlining the lot sizes from an investment perspective.”

Jones Lang LaSalle Project and Development Services and John Robertson Architects are advising on the scheme.   The refurbishment construction contract will be one of the largest in central London during 2013 and a phased completion will take place in summer 2014.


Japanese owners Kato Kagaku appointed Jones Lang LaSalle to market the 300,000 sq ft of offices at the landmark building in July.


The BBC World Service broadcast for the last time from Bush House in July. It is moving back to its original home at Broadcasting House in Portland Place.