Diary: Lobbyists’ population explosion causes Westminster property boom

Judging on the past week’s frenzied search for office space in Westminster, SW1 may be on its way to becoming to the office property market what Clerkenwell is to the housing market.

Judging on the past week’s frenzied search for office space in

Westminster, SW1 may be on its way to becoming to the office property

market what Clerkenwell is to the housing market.



GPC Market Access, fresh from acquiring rival consultancy Prima Europe,

is bursting at the seams of its office in The Sanctuary. So much so that

Prima’s old Soho Square office is being used for the overspill and

forcing it to look for somewhere new.



Meanwhile, members of the Public Policy Unit are also fighting for space

in their smart town house office in Rochester Row. Managing director

Charles Miller was seen last week wandering over to Market Access’s

offices to size them up, but finally decided that they were also too

cramped.



Despite the shortage of office space around Westminster, Connect Public

Affairs has become the envy of the lobbying world. Having been pushed

out of its Caxton Street offices by landlord British Aerospace, Connect

has managed to secure half a floor at that most prestigious of political

addresses, Millbank Tower, one floor above Labour HQ.



Still, for some even Millbank will not do: Miller claims the walk to the

House of Commons is just too far.



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