Cheesegrater project gets boost as Aon grabs a slice

The Cheesegrater skyscraper in the heart of London has received a boost after insurance giants Aon agreed to move their new headquarters into the tower.

Aon have agreed to buy 10 floors of offices and around a quarter of office space (191,000 of the total 610,000 sq ft of office space available) and will move into the “Cheesegrater” (or the Leadenhall Building, as it is properly known) when the tower is completed in 2014.

Construction work has already begun on the 48-storey, 737 ft tall tower, which is expected to cost around £340 million. British Land and Oxford Properties are leading the Cheesegrater project and are hoping Aon’s arrival will encourage other big companies to move into the building.

The Cheesegrater will serve as Aon’s main base in London and Europe, with the main offices being based in Chicago. Aon are best known as the sponsors of Premier League champions Manchester United.

Chris Grigg, the Chief Executive of British Land is happy with Aon’s decision, saying,

“We are delighted that Aon has chosen The Leadenhall Building as the headquarters for its UK operations. This agreement demonstrates the high level of interest being shown by major occupiers for this iconic London office building and the world-class accommodation it will offer.”

Aon, best known for sponsoring Manchester United

Aon’s participation in the Cheesegrater project follows the news that Chinese firm Yuanda are keen to grab a piece of the project. The Chinese cladding giant is fighting it out with German firm Gartner to gain work on the project, which is expected to create hundreds of construction jobs in London.

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