London's unfinished Scalpel tower already half-let

The Scalpel is the latest addition to London's skyline

National Australia Bank and insurer Lombard International are the latest occupiers-to-be at the newest office tower on London's skyline, The Scalpel, at 52 Lime Street.

Over half of the tower, which owes its unusual shape to protected views of St Paul's Cathedral, is now pre-let or under offer as the building nears completion.

National Australia Bank (NAB) has taken 26,864 sq ft on levels 9 and 10, with Lombard International signing for 9,189 sq ft on level 27. Of a total of 387,000 sq ft, just 180,000 sq ft remains to be let on floors ranging in size from approximately 6,500 to 15,500 sq ft.

Rolfe Lakin, chief financial officer of NAB said: “After months of deliberation we are really looking forward to relocating to 52 Lime Street in late 2019 or early 2020."

John Hillman, group chief executive at Lombard International, said: “Having looked at various options, we felt this prestigious City location and iconic building best represents our brand and values. We look forward to welcoming our partners and clients when we move in during the latter part of quarter one next year.”

The 190m tall skyscraper comprises over 387,000 sq ft of office floor space over 35 floors.

Situated on the corner of Lime Street and Leadenhall Street, opposite the Lloyd's building and adjacent to the Willis Building, the development also includes a new 11,000 sq ft public square at the base of the building.