British Land has hailed the letting of a large chunk of office space at 1 Broadgate as a “vote of confidence in London”.

Global real estate firm JLL has signed an agreement for 134,000 sq ft, a pre-let of nearly 30% of the office space, space for approximately 1,786 staff.

Although the company will not move into its flagship location until completion 2025, the deal will be welcomed by food & beverage operators in the City, which have suffered the brunt of the pandemic as office workers have stayed at home.

The building comprises 47,000 sq ft of roof terraces and 48,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space.

The development is the next phase of British Land’s Broadgate masterplan following 1FA, 135 Bishopsgate and 100 Liverpool Street.

Italian food market Eataly has confirmed it will launch its UK debut in early 2021 with a flagship space in Broadgate.

Simon Carter, CEO, British Land said: “We are thrilled that JLL has chosen this fantastic building for its new UK flagship office. The move is a real vote of confidence in London, a further endorsement of our campus strategy, and of Broadgate’s status as a world class, mixed use destination.”

Stephanie Hyde, UK and Ireland CEO at JLL, added: “Throughout this unprecedented time we have worked closely with clients and our own people to develop and evolve workplace strategies. 1 Broadgate will be central to our plan as we recognise the importance that offices play in collaboration, innovation and fostering culture and wellbeing.”