Famous insurer, Prudential, is reported to be considering a return to its iconic office space in central London, at Holborn Bars.
The Holborn Bars offices with their recognisable Gothic architecture were originally designed specifically for Prudential in 1885 by Alfred Waterhouse and opened its doors for business in 1901. Prudential occupied the building at its headquarters until 1999 when it relocated to Laurence Pountney Hill.
With the lease now due to expire, Chairman Harvey McGrath has announced a possible intention to move back to the Grade II listed property that Prudential still owns:
“Holborn Bars would be one of the options,” Mr McGrath confirmed to his shareholders this week.
Part of the complex is currently occupied as prime London office space, although the insurer’s name is still branded clearly in stone over the iconic entryway and its archives remain in storage there.
Others interested in the building include such impressive brands as Skype and Saatchi & Saatchi and Prudential has in fact been rumoured to be looking elsewhere as well, in locations such as the Shard, Heron Tower and the Walbrook Building.