10 December 2011

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. (“BBVA”) expands its London Operations and takes up new premises at Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf Group plc announces that BBVA is expanding its London Corporate & Investment Banking operations and taking up new premises in Canary Wharf.

BBVA has taken a lease of Level 44 in One Canada Square and will be occupying approximately 29,000 sq ft for a term of 15 years. The lease has a break clause effective at the end of the fifth year in respect of up to 7,500 sq ft and a break clause after 10 years on the whole floor.

BBVA will be occupying their new headquarters in Spring 2012. The arrival of BBVA will bring around 150 employees to Canary Wharf which, coupled with the arrival of the JP Morgan and Shell employees, is set to increase the population at Canary Wharf to over 105,000 in 2012.

As recently announced, the European Medicines Agency has agreed to pre-let 250,000 sq ft in 25 Churchill Place at a rent of £46.50 psf on a 25 year lease. In One Canada Square, Metlife have also recently agreed to take level 50 on a 10 year lease at a rent of £43.50 psf.

Further information:
Canary Wharf Group plc
John Garwood
Tel: 020 7418 2312

Hamish McDougall
Tel: 020 7418 2326

Brunswick Group
Tel: 0207 404 5959

Notes to editors:

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.

Canary Wharf Group has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate. 20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways. with over 1,000 trees.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Levi Strauss and Charles Tyrwhitt. Eight new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate.

Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. Canary Wharf Group plc is one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain.

95,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.

Canary Wharf Group is backing Tower Hamlets bid to achieve City Status

Current projects underway outside Canary Wharf include the 20 Fenchurch Street ‘Walkie Talkie’, which is a joint venture with Land Securities and the redevelopment of the Shell Centre on the South Bank, a joint venture with Qatari Diar.

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