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On 28th January 2008 the markets were bracing themselves for more volatility, the Chancellor of the Exchequer had just handed more power over banks to the FSA and Lembit Opik was making headlines dating a Cheeky Girl.

Also, McCalmont-Woods opened its doors, and never looked back.

We are delighted to announce 10-years of independent Tenant Representation real estate business. It’s been a hugely fulfilling journey and a milestone of which we are immensely proud.

£300 million rental commitments and counting

McCalmont-Woods Real Estate’s positive ‘can-do’ and our exclusive focus on serving the interests of corporate office occupiers has resulted in McCalmont-Woods advising on in excess of £300 million rental commitments to date across London’s prime real estate districts, from office acquisitions and disposals to rent review and lease advisory services.

A big, big thank you

Since our clients are at the heart of everything we do, we should like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your incredible support and friendship over the last ten years.

McCalmont-Woods will always champion your property requirements as trusted advisors, and guide and advise you at every step to deliver the best possible outcomes for your business.

What’s more, our services are extending overseas – more on which will be announced soon!

To all our clients and industry friends, our very best wishes for the next 10 years and a very prosperous 2018 to you all.

Newsquest Media Group Limited advised by tenant representation specialists McCalmont-Woods Real Estate LLP has taken a new lease on Queen’s House, 28 Kingsway and 55-56 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2 in London’s Midtown district from Capel House Property Trust Limited advised by Gale Priggen & Co.

Newsquest has signed a new lease on the 3,700 sq ft part 4th floor in Queen’s House, an impressive period property situated on the west side of London’s largest public square. Initially planned in 1913, development was put on hold in 1914 due to the outbreak of the First World War and the building was only subsequently completed in the early 1920s since when it has remained in the ownership of landlord Capel House ever since.

Lincoln’s Inn Fields, originally laid out in the 1630s with a brief interruption for the English Civil War (1642-1651), has long had an association with the legal sector and over the years has been home to numerous solicitor’s firms and barristers’ chambers. In Charles Dickens’ novel Bleak House, the sinister solicitor to the aristocracy, Mr Tulkinghorn, has his offices in Lincoln’s Inn Fields!

Today the Square is home to some of London’s most noteworthy organisations including the London School of Economics and Political Science who also occupy space in Queen’s House and next door in a £71 million state-of-the-art building at 50 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Other notable occupiers in the Square include international public relations company Brunswick Group; the Royal College of Surgeons and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies – part of Queen Mary, University of London. The Sir John Soane’s Museum, which attracts over 100,000 visitors a year, occupies no. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the house being left untouched since the distinguished architect’s death almost 180 years ago.

Earlier, in June of this year, McCalmont-Woods advised Newsquest’s Specialist Media arm on its relocation from 30 Cannon Street, EC4 to 6,000 sq ft ‘creative style’ offices at 120 Leman Street, E1 in the heart of London’s vibrant Aldgate quarter on the east side of the City. Newsquest Specialist Media, who publish both commercial and B2B titles such as Insurance Times, Strategic Risk and Global Reinsurance amongst other brands, signed a new lease on the refurbished offices with landlord Grainmarket advised by Hall Kemp.

Lisa Isaac, Group Purchasing Manager at Newsquest said “Having met with several potential advisers, the team at McCalmont-Woods impressed us with the way they focused on our needs and brief, finding the property to fit as opposed to starting with available properties and trying to shoehorn the brief to match. We had some tough ‘asks’ and we certainly put Nick’s extensive experience and market knowledge to the test. The Specialist Media team were very pleased with the move to Leman Street and we had no hesitation in appointing McCalmont-Woods to help find our second property in Midtown; a second successful project despite the incredibly tight deadlines. Knowledgeable, jargon-free, helpful and focused, I look forward to working with McCalmont-Woods on future projects.”

Newsquest is the UK’s second largest publisher of regional and local news with a portfolio of more than 165 news brands and over 40 magazines, published in print and online. With an audience of almost 30 million users a month online and 6 million readers a week in print, Newsquest’s content is read by a substantial proportion of the UK population. Newsquest employs over 1,000 experienced media sales people that help local businesses promote their products and services to local audiences. Newsquest is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. the largest news publisher in the United States whose assets include USA Today and USA Weekend. Gannett is listed on the New York Stock Exchange with the symbol “GCI”.

Faced with the imminent expiry of its office lease in 33 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, Hartree Partners (UK) Limited turned to tenant representation specialists McCalmont-Woods Real Estate LLP for help in finding a new London office space.

Working to a tight timetable and with Victoria offices in scarce supply, McCalmont-Woods successfully identified and negotiated a new lease on 11,300 sq ft Grade A space at Cardinal Place, 100 Victoria Street, SW1 with landlord, Land Securities.

Formerly occupied by Microsoft, the 2nd floor offices needed refurbishment and in recognition of the tight timescales involved, it was agreed that office design & build specialists’ Peldon Rose would undertake both the landlord’s Cat A works and Hartee’s own Cat B fitting-out works in order to accelerate Hartree’s move-in date.

Land Securities’ 660,000 sq ft Cardinal Place is undoubtedly one of the most recognisable sights in Victoria, the dramatic sweep of its glass facade narrowing to a single point at the corner of Bressenden Place and Victoria Street. A new entrance to the underground and north ticket hall (providing improved access between the National Rail and Tube platforms) is due to open shortly immediately opposite the entrance to Cardinal Place.

Jon O’Neill, Hartee’s Managing Director said “Nick did a great job of finding a new London office space for Hartree. We appointed him after a previous property deal fell through at a late stage, leaving us with a relatively tight timeline to find new office space. Nick worked hard and found us a great space before it got advertised on the open market. He is a good communicator and we felt very well informed throughout the whole process; we would not hesitate to use him again”.

Hartree Partners, LP is a global merchant commodities firm specializing in energy and its associated industries. Founded originally as Hess Energy Trading Company LLC (HETCO) in 1997, Hartree has a global reach spanning 10 offices and approximately 85 traders and originators. The company’s rigorous research, analytical approach, and entrepreneurial culture have contributed to its strong track record and growth over that time.


Niche London real estate agency McCalmont-Woods has advised Ipes (UK) Ltd on its expansion-led UK office headquarters relocation from Victoria to the City.

Ipes is a leading provider of outsourced services to the European Private Equity market and provides administration and depository oversight over $102bn of assets for 262 funds from 4 European offices in Guernsey, Jersey, London and Luxembourg where it currently employs a team of 181 people.

Ipes has taken 8,100 sq ft on the 9th floor of 1 Minster Court, EC3. A new 10-year lease was agreed on the newly refurbished landmark building with the landlord, Prudential Assurance, advised by CBRE and Spring4.

Nick McCalmont-Woods, CEO of McCalmont-Woods said: “Ipes occupied 3,800 sq ft in 10 Lower Grovenor Place, SW1 but its continued success meant that relocation was necessary to accommodate the growth in headcount. McCalmont-Woods was instructed to initiate a review of suitable property options across the West End, Mid Town and City office markets. A short list was whittled down with the competitive pricing and greater availability of larger floor-plates in the City coming to the fore.”

Ben Cook, Ipes (UK) Ltd Managing Director said: “Ipes has enjoyed huge growth and with our move we have created a more modern, efficient environment for staff. From shortlisting, bid submission to heads of terms McCalmont-Woods delivered excellence as always.”

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Just nine years into its history IBT Media, owner of the International Business Times and Newsweek among other titles, has enjoyed the kind of stellar growth most media players only dream of. Their overall readership has grown 70% in the past year. In the last year alone, IB Times UK, one of their leading web news properties has gone from 12,500,000 to an astonishing 21,000,000 unique visitors a month. These achievements are delivered by a growing team of cutting edge journalists, editors, technologists and others.

But with this growing stable of titles and increasing headcount have come the challenges of finding the perfect real estate for its ever extending operation. They turned once more to McCalmont-Woods, the specialist London commercial office real estate agency, who have acquired for them a stylish new 13,000 square foot office at Citi’s 25 Canada Square, in London’s Docklands.

This has been a long-term relationship for the two companies. Back in 2009 McCalmont-Woods let IBT Media their first London office in Canary Wharf – some 2,200 sq ft on the 34th floor of One Canada Square. Sufficiently impressed by the professionalism and expertise of the agency, in 2012 IBT Media contacted McCalmont-Woods again and to deal with its still rapidly growing needs. IBT Media duly took up its new home in 6,280 square feet on the 32nd floor of Citi’s 25 Canada Square, with capacity for around 80 staff. But their growth has been relentless, so the story doesn’t end there.

In early 2015, IBT Media once again asked McCalmont-Woods to advise it on relocation. In another doubling of their operation, both companies are thrilled to announce today the move to their new 24th floor, 13,000 sq ft offices once again at Citi. Cushman & Wakefield acted for Citi.

Nick McCalmont-Woods, CEO of McCalmont-Woods commented: “IBT Media has been a remarkable success story. In the six years I have been involved with them their space requirements have risen by 486% from 2,217 square feet in 2009 to just over 13,000 square feet today. Our deep understanding of their business has meant we’ve been able to help them locate intelligent, future-proof workspaces that support that amazing growth.”

Founded and headquartered in New York in 2006 by Etienne Uzac and Jonathan Davis, IBT Media is a global digital news organisation with ten online news brands including International Business Times and Newsweek. Its UK and EMEA headquarters are in London set up and run by Dev Pragad, Managing Director for IBT Media’s international arm. Still in its first decade, the company has undergone rapid growth and made the headlines in late 2013 it when it acquired Newsweek from IAC.

Dev Pragad, UK & EMEA Managing Director of IBT Media said: “Our stats are a bit dumbfounding. IBT Media’s readership has grown 70% in just the last year. The operational effect of that means we’ve gone from 2,200 to 13,000 square feet in 6 years. Four moves in 9 years… our growth is pretty staggering – and in under a decade we’ve grown two-fold from 80 to 160 staff. With this kind of growth space keeps becoming an issue and as a news business we need efficient, strategic transitions when we move. McCalmont-Woods were remarkable at finding us cost-effective rent terms and negotiated a very favourable deal for us. We couldn’t be happier with them.”

Rugby World Cup-winning coach, Sir Clive Woodward, was the guest of honour, at the opening of Tata Communications’ new European headquarters in the City, in early June. Tata Communications is part of the $100 billion (£64 billion) Tata group, one of the largest private sector employers in the UK.

Sir Clive, the 59-year old former rugby union player and the Webb Ellis Cup-winning coach of England, discussed the importance of understanding technology and data in order for businesses to stay ahead and how understanding of sport science technology and data was central to his team’s success in 2003. “Great teams are made of great individuals” and “Talent alone is not enough” were two of the key messages to the assembled 150 Tata Communications staff and guests at the lavish event which included cocktails and canapés, crafted by Michelin-starred chef Joël Robuchon.

Looking out at the backdrop of Southwark Bridge, Vinod Kumar, managing director and CEO of Tata Communications, who had flown in from Singapore to attend added: “It may be the quietest bridge in London, but this is the busiest office in London… at least as far as our competitors are concerned. This is probably the best office we have in the whole world.”

Nick McCalmont-Woods, CEO of niche London real estate agency McCalmont-Woods, who acquired the new 16,600 sq ft offices in Vintners’ Place, 68 Upper Thames Street, EC4 was thanked by Julie Woods-Moss, Tata Communications’ chief marketing officer and CEO of Nextgen Business. She also praised the new office: “It’s in the heart of the Square Mile, overlooking the Thames and Shakespeare’s Globe. It’s wonderful to gather together all of our staff and their guests to toast this fabulous new facility.

“Our new London office is a fantastic showcase of the Tata Communications brand. We have worked with one of London’s top design agencies to create a dynamic, energising space that encourages collaboration and brings out the best in our teams, to innovate and to lead in the market. We are looking forward to many prosperous years in our new home.”

McCalmont-Woods has acquired a new European headquarters for Tata Communications (UK) Limited in Vintners’ Place, EC4 in the City.

The new offices comprise of 16,638 sq ft on Level 2 (North Wing) in Vintners’ Place, 68 Upper Thames Street, EC4 on a new sub-underlease from Getco Europe Limited.

The Tata Communications Global Network reaches more than 240 countries and territories, 99.7% of the world’s GDP, millions of businesses, and billions of people.

Tata Communications has been a long standing client of McCalmont-Woods. The niche London real estate agency acquired its previous 18,600 sq ft offices at 20 Old Bailey, EC4 in 2010.

The catalyst for the latest move was Blackstone’s purchase of 20 Old Bailey from Mitsui Fudosan, in December 2013, with its plans to extend and reposition the building. All the existing leases expired between December 2014 and March 2015.

McCalmont-Woods CEO Nick McCalmont Woods said: “An interesting facet of this deal was the new space on the north bank of Southwark Bridge, had only been occupied for a very short time by Getco. Tata Communications was able to acquire the offices with the benefit of a virtually brand new existing fit-out including structured cabling; comms rooms; kitchens; boardroom, private offices; reception and meeting rooms and furniture. This meant McCalmont-Woods was able to deliver huge capital expenditure savings in addition to the very competitive rental and rent-free terms negotiated.”

Getco which was an American proprietary algorithmic trading and electronic market making firm was advised by Cushman & Wakefield.

Julie Woods-Moss Chief Marketing Officer & CEO Nextgen Business Tata Communications said: “Nick did a fantastic job of finding Tata a great property in central London. We had tight budgets and tight timelines and Nick over delivered in spite of our constraints. He was professional and responsive at all times and a real pleasure to work with.”


Trinity Mirror, advised by McCalmont-Woods has sublet the 10,521 sq ft remainder of the 19th floor of One Canada Square, Canary Wharf to High Speed Two (HS2).

Trinity Mirror is one of the largest multimedia publishers in the UK and Ireland with an award-winning portfolio of media brands employing over 4300 people across more than 48 locations around the country. HS2, is the company responsible for developing and providing the UK’s new high speed rail network and is wholly owned by the Department for Transport.

This is the second deal in just seven months with HS2. In May 2014, Trinity Mirror, also advised by the niche London real estate agency, let the first part of the 19th floor comprising 16,410 sq ft to HS2 on a new sub-lease expiring in June 2018. The new December, 10,521 sq ft sublease is on a coincidental lease term. It takes HS2’s occupation on the 19th floor to 27,000 sq ft and 81,000 sq ft in total in the iconic Canary Wharf tower. GM Real Estate act for HS2.

McCalmont-Woods CEO, Nick McCalmont Woods said: “When it was built One Canada Square was, and is arguably still, the finest piece of UK real estate. As a previous tenant in the building it is always interesting to revisit clients and assist on reconfigurations within the tower”.

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Danish power company DONG Energy takes new lease on 81,000 sq ft London offices as its growth continues.

Niche office agency McCalmont-Woods has advised Danish company DONG Energy on its new UK office headquarters. The company has signed an agreement for lease to take 81,000 sq ft of office space at 5 Howick Place, London W1.

The move will allow it to consolidate its existing London offices across five floors of one building. DONG Energy currently occupies offices in Trafalgar Square and Grosvenor Place.

Brent Cheshire, UK Country Chairman of DONG Energy said:

“We are delighted to have leased this new state-of-the art office. This is a reflection of the rapid growth of our business and our commitment to the UK where we have invested over £5 billion in the last decade.

“The new office space will give us a great opportunity to bring together all 400 of our London-based staff, with all the benefits that improved collaboration can bring. Securing this accommodation also ensures that we remain in Central London, close to our key Government and business stakeholders.”

Nick McCalmont-Woods, CEO of McCalmont-Woods said:

This is an exciting time for DONG Energy as its rapid growth in the UK continues. It is always a challenge for fast growing companies to find quality space in London. We worked closely with DONG Energy and are delighted to have secured this award winning building for them on excellent terms. It gives them the ideal platform to continue to expand their business.”

DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe. It is the market leader in offshore wind and is the UK’s second largest industrial and commercial gas supplier.

DONG Energy has about 6,500 employees worldwide. The Danish-based group generated DKK 73 billion (EUR 9.8 billion) in revenue in 2013. For further information, see

5 Howick Place was awarded Best UK Office Development in the prestigious 2013 UK Property Awards. The landlord, Doughty Hanson & Co. Real Estate and Urban & Civic, was advised by CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield.


Marketform, advised by McCalmont-Woods, has acquired 29,500 sq ft offices on the 5th floor, 20 Gracechurch Street, EC3 for its new London Office. 20 Gracechurch Street is located at the junction of Gracechurch Street with Lombard Street and is strategically positioned between The City’s financial and insurance districts. The 300,000 sq ft 17-storey Grade A office building was comprehensively refurbished in 2009 and the lower four floors reclad with an elegant new Portland stone facade. GM Real Estate and Savills advised the landlord, 20 Gracechurch Street Partnership, an SPV comprising Aviva Investors and Northwood Investors.

Marketform, is one of the foremost providers of specialist lines of insurance in the London market and is a member of Great American Insurance Group, part of American Financial Group, Inc., which has more than US$35 billion in assets and whose common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ under the symbol “AFG”.