It's not your usual run-of-the-mill office building: the safe store where thieves stole £10m of cash, jewels and other valuables in one of the most daring heists this century has gone up for sale.
The Independent reported today that liquidators Streets SPW has appointed agents Hoffman Partners to sell the 1,300 sq ft offices at 88-90 Hatton Garden.
The offices include a showroom and vaults, a source told City A.M. this morning. And although aspiring entrepreneurs might regard it as an excellent location for a crime museum, it's likely it will have to remain a safe store (although we'd suggest a bit of extra security…).
The agent is seeking offers over £200,000. While it may not prove a straightforward sale, it's thought there has already been interest – largely thanks to its sought-after location in Midtown, which has been targeted by media companies including Buzzfeed in recent years.
Hatton Garden Safe Deposit was owned by Sudanese father and son Mahendra and Manish Bavishi, but was shut down in the months following the heist, which took place over Easter weekend this year.
The thieves bored a hole 50cm deep, 25cm high and 45cm wide into the thick concrete walls of the vault using a heavy duty drill over the course of two nights. Some 72 deposit boxes were wrenched open during the burglary, causing dozens of Hatton Garden traders to lose their deposits.
However, police have suggested they have recovered most of the valuables lost during the burglary, with nine defendants being charged over the burglary. Four pleaded guilty at a trial which began in September.