The Shard is finally fully let, five years after its launch

 
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Warwick Business School first launched in the Shard in 2014. (Source: Getty)

The Shard is finally fully let, five years after it launched, after Warwick Business School expanded its London campus.

Real Estate Management, the management company behind the Shard, said Warwick Business School will increase the size of its footprint in the building by more than half, taking another 6,342 sq ft on level 13. That brings its total area up to 18,500.

The building's offices were slow to fill up after its launch in 2012, with more than half its office spaces still empty a year after launch. In recent months has announced a slew of new tenants, including outsourcing giant Mitie, which signed a deal for almost 30,000 sq ft in September. Duff & Phelps and Matches Fashion have both expanded their footprints in the building in recent months.

Warwick Business School first opened its campus in the Shard in 2014, converting the 17th storey of the 87-storey skyscraper into a teaching space with two lecture theatres, eight seminar rooms and an IT lab.

“We picked The Shard as our first London base because it’s a beacon for business and matched our aspirations for our highly ranked Executive MBA Programme, and our executive education more broadly," said Andy Lockett, the dean of Warwick Business School.

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