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Top riverside office to house council staff

PUBLISHED: 09:55 19 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:20 25 August 2010

COUNCIL workers are to move into swanky new offices to promote inward investment. Greenwich council announced a deal on Tuesday to lease the top two floors of Six Mitre Passage, the second commercial building to be completed on Greenwich Peninsula. It w

COUNCIL workers are to move into swanky new offices to promote inward investment.

Greenwich council announced a deal on Tuesday to lease the top two floors of Six Mitre Passage, the second commercial building to be completed on Greenwich Peninsula.

It will occupy around 21,000sq ft of grade A riverside office space, just one tube stop from Canary Wharf.

Greenwich council is launching a new base for 'Destination Greenwich' on the peninsula - London's first new commercial district in a generation.

The move is hoped to attract companies keen to locate in an Olympic borough in the run up to 2012.

It was developed following an examination of other Olympic host cities and how their economic bases change as the Games draw near.

Chris Roberts, leader of Greenwich council, said: "Hosting the Olympics challenges host cities to take advantage of the potential economic boost, and brings a number of opportunities which can only be realised by taking the initiative.

"Mitre Passage has tremendous potential to act as a catalyst for the regeneration, not only for this part of Greenwich - but for London's growth too.

"It is important that we seize the momentum to provide jobs and opportunities for our communities.

"Business interest in locating in Greenwich is strong and we are confident that this will provide a tremendous boost to our local economy.

"We took the same approach to our tourism economy and have just been named by the London Development Agency as a New Capital of Industry for leading the way for London - we aim to do the same for the cultural, creative and technology sectors at Greenwich Peninsula. Our move into Mitre Passage shows we mean business."

Over £180 million of construction work is currently being undertaken on the site by developers Lend Lease and Quintain in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency.

Nick Shattock, deputy chief executive of Quintain, said: "This deal with Greenwich council is yet another milestone in the continued regeneration of Greenwich Peninsula, and is a further vote of

confidence for our emerging commercial district."

Ravensbourne College is on track to relocate its 1,500 students and staff to Greenwich Peninsula in 2010 and the area's first homes are being built by Bellway.

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