Sapphire Systems moves to The Shard

By Marco Cillario - Thu 17 December 2015, 12:22 pm

Financial technology company Sapphire Systems is to move its UK headquarters to The Shard in London Bridge.

Real Estate Management (REM), which manages London Bridge Quarter, confirmed on 20 November that 4,785sq m of office space in western Europe’s tallest building were let to the global provider of business software solutions. 

Established in 1993, Sapphire System currently employs 200 people across its offices in the UK, USA, Australia and Asia. The company’s British headquarters will move from the Northern and Shell building in the City to the north side of level nine of the 72-floor edifice.

CEO Ian Caswell said: “This move reflects our intent to remain at the forefront of our industry, and with the building being home to many progressive companies, we look forward to becoming part of this unique community. 

This is The Shard’s 11th letting to be confirmed this year, making it one of the largest London’s “fin-tech” clusters.

Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and located next to London Bridge Station, The Shard comprises three restaurants, a 19-floor hotel, 13 floors of residential apartments and a viewing gallery, as well as a 26-floor office complex occupied by companies including Al Jazeera, Tiffany & Co. and Gallup. REM also has its offices here.

“Our vision for The Shard was always to create a vertical city that unites an array of progressive companies from different industry sectors, to create an energetic and sustainable business eco-system,” said Irvine Sellar, developer of The Shard and vice-chairman of REM. “Sapphire System accentuates this strategy.” 

There are four office floors still available at The Shard. Prices start from £60 per sq ft, according to business and finance publication, City A.M.