Regent’s Place Set to Savour New Tastes

August 1, 2011

Italy’s No 1 maker of fresh pasta, Giovanni Rana, is set to launch its first UK restaurant at Regent’s Place in London’s West End. The deal is one of two new lettings at the estate to food operators at Regent’s Place.

The restauranteur has agreed a 5,000 sq ft deal on a 15 year lease. Located at 17-19 Triton Street, the restaurant will benefit from dual frontage onto both the wider estate and the reception area at 20 Triton Street, one of the newest buildings at Regent’s Place and home to Gazprom, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Lend Lease and Ricoh.

Set to open in September 2011, the restaurant format is inspired by the 1950’s, where pasta was rolled out in large, well-lit kitchens. The open copper kitchen is the engine room of the restaurant and diners will be able to enjoy watching the chefs at work. The restaurant will offer 3 distinct areas: informal dining, antipasti & aperitivi and private function space.

In a second deal, fresh food restaurant chain Pod have taken occupation of 1,364 sq ft of space at Regent’s Place Plaza, complementing existing amenities including EAT, Wasabi and Starbucks. Positioned at the heart of the estate, the Plaza provides a place to meet, eat and drink for the 10,000 people that live or work at Regent’s Place, and plays host to an array of events throughout the year.

David Lockyer, Head of West End Asset Management at British Land, said: “The arrival of Da Giovanni and Pod will further boost the diverse amenity offer at Regent’s Place and we expect they will be well received by the estate’s growing community of more than 10,000 people. With a further 4,000 people expected to join Regent’s Place following the completion of a final phase of development in the North East Quadrant, the outlets will benefit from the extensive on-estate customer base.”

The fully managed, Regent’s Place estate currently comprises 1.5 million sq ft of office, residential, retail and leisure accommodation. It is served by four London underground tube stations with six different tube lines and has three mainline stations close by.

In 2010, British Land announced plans to begin work on a final phase of development in the North East Quadrant of the estate. On completion in 2013, this final phase will provide a further 385,000 sq ft of office and retail accommodation, in addition to 172 residential units.

British Land was represented by Cushman and Wakefield and Davis Coffer Lyons. Giovanni Rana was represented by Savills and Pod by CBRE.