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Starling Bank to take space at Broadgate’s 2FA

Martin Greenland | 7:37 Wednesday 13th September 2017

British Land and GIC have announced that Starling Bank and Innovate Finance have agreed to take space at Broadgate’s 2FA (2 Finsbury Avenue)

The mobile-only bank will occupy 14,500 sq ft on the third floor of the building, while the global fintech community association will take 1,600 sq ft on the seventh floor.

The arrival of these two companies will bring the building’s overall occupancy to 98%.

2FA is transforming into a hub for technology and creative companies, with recent lettings at Broadgate demonstrating that it is successfully appealing to growth sectors.

Broadgate’s dynamic campus offering, with an evolving mix of retail and leisure and an extensive programme of events and experiences, is attracting a broader mix of occupier.

This appeal will be further enhanced by the arrival of the Elizabeth line (Crossrail) at Liverpool Street station in 2018.

British Land and GIC’s vision for Broadgate includes a substantial redevelopment of 2 and 3 Finsbury Avenue, which received planning permission last year.

“Starling Bank has blazed a trail as one of the UK’s most dynamic challenger banks, while Innovate Finance has championed the UK fintech community globally, helping to cement London’s place as the world’s fintech capital,” said David Lockyer, head of Broadgate at British Land.

“Their decision to take space at Broadgate illustrates just how successfully the campus is establishing a reputation as a centre of fintech excellence, and is a great example of how the campus is appealing to growth sectors.

“Our long-term plans will see Broadgate evolve into a vibrant and mixed-use neighbourhood for London; expanding the occupier mix is an important step in that journey.”

Anne Boden, CEO and founder of Starling Bank (pictured above), added: “Broadgate is a special place for me – I remember first working here in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

“Sitting on the cusp of the City and Shoreditch, it has always been vibrant and a real attraction for talent.

“Now, initiatives like British Land’s 2FA are luring smart, innovative companies together and developing a fantastic community.”

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