|View of the new UPC court|
taken a few days ago on the AmeriKat's
walk home..in the rain.
The AmeriKat has reviewed the documents and summarized the most interesting bits of the application as follows:
- The floor space on the 8th floor is a 1809 square meters or 19,472 square feet. As a comparison, getting 20,000 square feet in the Upper East Side of Manhattan will set you back a cool $80 million. However, you will get a Beaux-Arts style home on Fifth Avenue across from the Met for that price tag... ["Where do I sign?" hastens Merpel.]
- Further to the AmeriKat's post on the location's transport links, the site is graded a 6B on the Public Transport Accessibility Level scale (the highest grade).
- The plan (below) shows that there are four court rooms of approximately 115 square meters each and 17 meeting rooms/office spaces ranging from 12- 56 square meters.
The change of use is from Class B1 (offices) to a mix of offices, meeting spaces and courtrooms. Interestingly, in the covering letter from the UK Intellectual Property Office's agents, JLL, state that
"The proposed change of use is personal to the IPO. Therefore, should the IPO decide to relocate in the future, the use of the eight floor will revert automatically to full Class B1(a) offices."The AmeriKat interprets this as meaning that if the UPC doesn't happen (pending a UK referendum on membership of the EU) or is somehow delayed than the IPO or, indeed another governmental body, can make use of the space.
Support for the application
In support of the application, JLL's letter states that:
The application is still open, but according to the website, the consultation ended on 10 August 2015 (where interested members of the public can write in approving of or criticizing the application). According to some helpful guidance on the process, once the planning case officer has reviewed the application and the submissions from the consultation (if any), then he or she will make their decision. No word on timing of that decision."The IPO will initially provide 10 permanent jobs, with additional permanent and temporary positions created once the facility is established. Its office and meeting rooms will be rented to legal professionals on an ad hoc basis ["How much will this fee be?", wonders Merpel], providing supporting facilities to the legal sector. Therefore, the eighth floor of Aldgate Tower will retain a proportion of formal office floorspace whilst providing an additional employment generating area: the proposal is considered in line with policy DM16.
In addition to creating the above jobs, the IPO will bring a regular stream of international business leaders and top legal firms to the area, offering income opportunities to local businesses, including the food, hospitality and business services sector. This demonstrates that the proposed mix of uses will support a good level of employment opportunities whilst creating a valuable legal facility for London and the UK."
But on the assumption it all goes through on the nod, the AmeriKat would like to get her suggestion in early on the chairs that she recommends the judges sit in (click here).