Aon announced that it has selected The Leadenhall Building as its future London headquarters. The office tower is currently under construction, directly across Leadenhall Street from Lloyd’s.
When completed it will be 224 meters (just under 700 feet) tall. The building, Aon noted, has already been “dubbed the ‘Cheese Grater’ due to its unique design.” It is just around the corner from Swiss Re’s London headquarters, which has long been called “the gherkin” (pickle) due to its unusual shape. Now, if someone constructs a “Ham” building in the area, it could eventually become known as the “Deli Quarter” of the City of London.
Aon will occupy the lower ten floors, which will be known as “The Aon Centre,” from the beginning of 2015. It is in negotiations to complete formal leasing contracts with the owners, British Land and Oxford Properties.
Aon Limited CEO Robert Brown commented: “We are delighted to have chosen The Leadenhall Building as our new London headquarters. The Aon Centre at The Leadenhall Building is an impressive location and the offices will reflect our position as the leading global professional services firm focused on risk and human capital management. Such a significant investment confirms Aon Corp’s commitment to the UK, and indeed London, as a strategically important and integral part of Aon’s future. We look forward to working with British Land and Oxford Properties.”