This group of listed 18th century buildings are the warehouses of the East India Company, London's first joint stock company and one of the great historic trading enterprises. The buildings were used to house a myriad of exotic goods transported to Britain from the Indian sub-continent and the Orient. They are rare examples of buildings associated with trade that have survived in the City. The empty and redundant warehouses had been carefully redeveloped in the late 1970's by Sir Stuart Lipton's Greycoat Estates, taking inspiration from the forms and courtyards of the original warehouses and retaining the most significant buildings.
Purchased by O'Connor Capital Projects, Fletcher Priest was appointed to review the potential of the whole site. Proposals were developed to integrate the estate into the changing urban environment outside the site, to improve the efficiency of the office spaces and to develop a greater mix of uses to encourage active use after working hours.