Standard Chartered gives up multiple floors in Hong Kong offices

Business | 4 Feb 2021 3:14 pm

Standard Chartered (2888) is giving up several floors in its main offices in Hong Kong, as global banks accelerate efforts to cut costs and the pandemic upends work styles, Bloomberg reported.

The UK lender is relinquishing the lease on eight floors it occupies in its Standard Chartered Bank Building in Central, and will rent out three levels in its Kwun Tong office that it owns, according to marketing materials seen by Bloomberg. The office space will become available between next month and April next year.

The Central building’s landlord Hang Lung Properties (0101) is asking for about HK$6 million a month in rent for the floors, which span approximately 60,000 square feet, the materials show.

A Standard Chartered spokeswoman declined to comment. Hang Lung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Hong Kong Economic Times reported the lender’s move earlier.

Standard Chartered has said it’s looking at office leases carefully in an environment where lenders face pressure to control expenses, even before the coronavirus hit. The London-based bank decided to offer flexible work options to more than 90 percent of its 85,000 staff around the world late last year.

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