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Black Rock to open third bar in East London next-gen office campus

The first wet-led offer has been announced for the Import Building at Republic, the first phase of the 600,000 sq ft next-gen office campus in East London.

Whisky bar concept, Black Rock, which has London site and one in Bristol, has signed for 2,000 sq ft of space on the ground floor of the Import Building, offering a truly unique drinking experience.

As well as a traditional bar, guests at the Republic outlet will also be able to sit at a central table cut from a single oak tree trunk. The table features carved aging channels, lined with different types of oak to impart curated flavours and character to the whiskies stored in them.

Guests can view the whisky being aged through a glass tabletop and dispense it through taps on each end. The showpiece table at Republic will be 30% larger than the table at Black Rock’s original site in Shoreditch.

Thomas Aske, Founder, Black Rock said, “We are delighted to be able to expand further the Black Rock brand in such an amazing space. Republic is going to be perfect setting for us to become part of the community and we can’t wait to welcome everyone.”

Laurence Jones, Head of Asset Management at Trilogy Real Estate, said, “We’ve come a long way in curating a high quality mix of independent retail and leisure tenants at Republic. As a direct consequence, the community at our exemplar creative office campus continue to feel engaged, inspired and entertained.

'The signing of Black Rock also further fuels the night-time economy on site, offering another choice for those who want to network, celebrate or wind down outside of working hours.

'Black Rock offers something unique with a dedicated fan-base as well as attracting new customers from the local area and beyond. Our mantra remains to champion Republic as a state of independence for an independent state of mind.”

Republic is already home to a raft of creative and innovative companies, including The Trampery co-working space; award-winning digital agency Threepipe; one of Europe’s fastest growing telecommunications companies Lebara Mobile; Deliveroo’s East London recruitment hub; The Gentlemen Baristas coffee shop; and the UK’s largest gym operator PureGym.

In October, it was announced that Global Banking School will take space at Republic, sitting alongside Anglia Ruskin University’s ARU London facility to create a community of 1000 higher and professional education students on the campus.

Republic has set a new standard for next-generation workspace in East London, providing a well-connected, affordable campus that meets contemporary professional and personal needs, with a focus on creativity, connectivity, affordability and wellbeing.

The campus offers an ongoing series of curated social and cultural events, wellness facilities and initiatives, alongside a recently redeveloped public realm, which boasts a comprehensive ecology strategy.

The Export Building, the second phase of the campus’ redevelopment, providing another 120,000 sq ft of workspace, will launch this Spring.