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I followed a group of senior executives from Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Legal & General, contractors, and other guests through the dedicated walkway that ultimately lead us to, what will soon be the rooftop garden of the Westfield M7 building. Once on the roof, we received speeches while overlooking spectacular views of the London Skyline - the Olympic stadium front and centre. After the speeches a chrome spanner was wielded to tighten the last bolt and commemorate the topping out of the HMRC’s newest regional hub.

It was wonderful to get a chance to hear excitement from our clients and future tenant about reaching this milestone and how they are looking forward to occupying the space. According to tenants who attended the event, they are thrilled with the rooftop garden area and cannot wait to begin using the large outdoor space for their three choirs to practice in.

Sara O’Byrne, HMRC Regional Implementation Lead for Stratford said:

“We can really start to picture and look forward to the modern workspaces and facilities which will enable our colleagues to work in the way that suits the type of work they are doing.”

Keith Whitmore, Head of Development, Design and Construction, UK/Italy, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield commented:

“We’re delighted to announce that HMRC has leased the entire building here in Stratford, an area that is experiencing significant inward investment with new homes, offices, hotels and a new cultural and education hub, East Bank, alongside Europe’s most popular shopping destination, Westfield Stratford City.”

Westfield M7 is part of the continued densification to the highly connected area surrounding Europe’s number one shopping centre. The HMRC, as the building’s sole tenant, will be fitting out the 300,000 sq. ft. of space to accommodate approximately 4,400 employees from all over the Southeast. We’re eager to see the continued development of the building’s façade, the “super grid”, and look forward to seeing the finished project as it heads toward completion in next year.