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New Office Buildings, Holborn

Volume 467: debated on Friday 22 July 1949

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asked the Minister of Works what area of office premises is in course of erection in the borough of Holborn; and what percentage of that area will be leased by a Government Department or nationalised industry or undertaking.

Six office buildings with a total area of 481,000 square feet are at present under construction in the borough of Holborn, of which three buildings with an area of 386,000 square feet, 80 per cent. of the total, will be leased by my Department. I am not aware that any will be leased by a nationalised industry or undertaking.

asked the Minister of Works what area of office premises is licensed to be erected in the borough of Holborn in addition to the building now in progress; how much of that area will be leased to a Government Department or nationalised industry or undertaking; and how much requisitioned office accommodation in the borough will be released to its pre-war owners when this building is completed.

No further office premises apart from those now under construction have been licensed for erection in the borough of Holborn, but one building with an area of 92,000 square feet will be licensed shortly for lease by my Department. At this stage it is impossible to say how much requisitioned office accommodation will be released in Holborn on completion of these schemes.