Urban Baristas, the Australian inspired speciality coffee shop group, has secured its fifth site, part of a plan to open five more over the next 12 months, MCA has learnt.

The 3,000sq ft site on 95 Middlesex Street, near Liverpool Street station, will have a cafe on the ground floor serving coffee and Australian-style brunch, with a group headquarters and training facility upstairs.

Huw Wardope told MCA he was in legals on several other sites, with a strong pipeline for the year ahead.

He said: “We are looking to expand with four and five shops in the next year. Obviously there’s tough trading condition in he high street, but people will always want to come to a place with a cool design led environment with great coffee and great food.”