Pinsent Masons advises Property Developer on Virgin Atlantic's new Head Office

01 Jun 2015 | 07:52 am |

International law firm Pinsent Mason advises Abstract Securities on Virgin Atlantic's new head office.

Virgin Atlantic has entered into an agreement for lease to occupy the whole of Abstract’s Leonardo development in Manor Royal, just south of Gatwick Airport. 

The move follows Virgin Atlantic’s return to profit in 2014 and represents a major letting coup for Abstract who only started their speculative 110,545 sq. ft. Grade A office scheme late in 2014. 

It is intended that Virgin Atlantic will relocate to the new building from its existing Head Office in Crawley Business Quarter during 2016. 

This building will provide complementary functions to the airline’s other building, The Base, in Fleming Way, which it will continue to occupy/own.  Leonardo is due to complete at the end of 2015. Abstract will work with Virgin Atlantic to complete a bespoke fit out during early 2016 prior to occupation and the airline will take a 16.5 year term from 1 April 2016. 

Mike Reid, property partner at Pinsent Masons, said: "Having helped Abstract buy the site and achieve planning approval, we are delighted to have played a part in the next phase of the development with this pre-let to Virgin Atlantic.”

Abstract has been one of the most active office developers in the UK over the last 3 years delivering close to a million sq. ft. of new Grade A office space in Croydon, Aberdeen, Glasgow and the Leonardo Scheme near Gatwick.

Latest press releases

Show me all press releases

Pinsent Masons named as one of Stonewall's Top Global Employers 2020

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has been recognised as a leading lesbian, gay, bi and trans employer by LGBT charity Stonewall in its Top Global Employers Index 2020 for the fifth consecutive year.

Pinsent Masons advised Schütz Family Office on the acquisition of Freie Internationale Sparkasse

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has advised Schütz Family Office on the acquisition of private bank Freie Internationale Sparkasse S.A..

Pinsent Masons named a top ten family friendly employer for fourth year in a row

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has been named as one of the top ten family friendly employers in the UK by work life balance charity, Working Families.

People who viewed this press release also viewed

Show me all press releases

Pinsent Masons advises major student accommodation project at Kingston University

Pinsent Masons has advised Kingston Student Living LLP (an Equitix/Engie consortium) on the Kingston University Residences DBFO project, which has reached Financial Close.

Pinsent Masons wins at the Legal Week British Legal Awards

Multinational professional services business Pinsent Masons has won a hat-trick of awards at the Legal Week British Legal Awards in London.

Pinsent Masons appoints Catherine Workman as Head of Middle East region

International law firm Pinsent Masons has appointed Catherine Workman as Head of Middle East.

For all media enquiries, including arranging an interview with one of our spokespeople, please contact the press office on

+44 (0)20 7418 8199 or 

Location contacts