Building work starts on EMA offices
Construction work has begun at 25 Churchill Place as the site prepares for the arrival of the European Medicines Agency by the beginning of 2015.
Canary Wharf Group is overseeing the work, which will see a 20 storey, 500,000 sq ft building join the Docklands skyline.
Two cranes are already on site. CWG secured a £190m loan for the development of the offices in December with backing from four banks.
Work has already been completed to ground level and now Byrne Bros will provide the concrete, Kone will install the elevators and Seele will supply the cladding for the construction.
EMA is to occupy the building from group to the ninth floor on January 1 2015, with an option on four more floors.
The firm, which is currently based in three buildings in Westferry Circus, has signed a 25 year lease for the Churchill Place site.
Managing director of development at CWG John Pagano said: "25 Churchill Place will provide a major boost to the local economy, in terms of jobs and contracts and retaining yet another world-class organisation in central London."