London hedge fund workers to be given ‘champagne buttons’ for their desks (1)Soho office workers will be able to order a glass of champagne for their desks at the touch of a button in a new £100 million “five-star” development.

The planned “at desk” champagne buttons will allow the hedge fund workers expected to be its occupants to order a celebratory drink after a “good day at the office”.

The buttons were inspired by one of Kylie Minogue and Tamara Ecclestone’s favourite restaurants, nearby Bob Bob Ricard, where every table has a “press for champagne” button.

Workers will be able to order cocktails or caviar, as well as bubbly, from the ground floor Sticks’n’Sushi restaurant. They will delivered to the relevant office floor by dumb waiterstyle lifts running through the building.

Other planned features at the development on Beak Street include spa-style washrooms modelled on the bathrooms at the Kardashians’ favourite Manhattan hotel, The Gansevoort Park Avenue, as well as uniformed valet staff and private terraces and balconies.

The office, in a former police station, is being fitted out at a cost of £550 per sq ft, a level of spending normally associated with luxury flats rather than utilitarian workplaces.

Simon Lyons, chief executive of developer Enstar Capital, said it will be “the finest office complex in Soho, built to last 100 years and the largest construction project currently taking place in the locality”.

Michael Stiff, director at architects Stiff + Trevillion says: “The design of 40 Beak Street is steeped in the heritage of Soho. Everything from the glazed brick elevation to the door handles will be unique to this building. We know Enstar Capital want their developments to be exemplary: 40 Beak Street is no exception, set in the heart of Soho. We have sought to produce a piece of architecture that celebrates this unique location. Enstar Capital have commissioned sculptor Lee Simmons to create a site-specific cast aluminum frieze and window surround for the new building.”

Mr Lyons said his firm is also a joint owner of adjoining 1-3 Upper James Street, which could be transformed too to include food lifts.

The plan marks the latest extravagant build for Enstar, which hit the headlines in 2015 with its new office on Brook Street in Mayfair, whose washroom and toilet walls are lined in floor-to-ceiling “gold” mosaic.

The Beak Street scheme is scheduled for completion in March 2018 and the £15 million construction work has already started on site.

Source: Evening Standard 

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