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CBRE Unveils New London Headquarters

The UK Advisory Services division of the multinational CBRE has unveiled its new headquarters in West London.

Following an extensive redevelopment programme, Henrietta House, in London’s W1, claims to deliver a “world-class workplace experience” for employees and clients alike.

Today’s news is the culmination of CBRE’s 2018 partnering with landlord Lazari Investments and leading design and architectural practice MoreySmith, who have helped CBRE to deliver its vision for a workspace that the advisory firm claims to “provide a blueprint for future office design”.

Ciaran Bird, Divisional President, Advisory Services, CEO UK & Ireland, commented: “This landmark project was driven by our desire to create the optimum workplace experience for our people. Collaboration and connectivity are at the heart of our culture, and so it is incredibly exciting to be able to bring our 2,000 London-based staff together into our new state of the art workplace in one of the best locations in the West End.

“The variety of different workspaces and fantastic amenities prioritise wellbeing and productivity and allow our people the freedom to choose how they work in line with our adoption of new hybrid working patterns. Being able to offer this level of flexibility with a first-class workplace experience gives us a significant advantage in the war for talent and retention as we continue to grow our business.”

CBRE has occupied Henrietta House since 2011 and has signed a new lease extension to 2036.

The redesign for the entire site was developed by MoreySmith and included a 40,500 sq ft new-build extension to the rear of the building. Taking the total footprint to circa 144,500 sq ft, the extension can accommodate approximately 2,000 employees.

As part of the redevelopment, CBRE has also included two professionally run on-site wellness studios, a large employee café, a library and also outdoor terraces on the first and seventh floor.

The building aligns to CBRE’s own ESG strategy and is on track to achieve BREEAM Excellent, which recognises the building’s environmental performance as being amongst the top 10% of UK non-domestic buildings. In addition, the newly designed HQ will help CBRE’s ESG agenda to be a net-zero business by 2030.

Linda Morey-Burrows, Founder and Principal Director at MoreySmith, said: “The redesign of Henrietta House has been a transformational project which we are really proud of. This will be an amazing place for people to work and enjoy, and I know CBRE will be happy, successful and thrive in this new environment.

“I’m personally very excited to showcase this project which is a culmination of many years of work. We have designed every element with people at the heart of all of our thinking, carefully curated from the architecture through to the furniture, art and graphics.

A new façade up to the second floor has been a key part of the renovation, alongside the creation of beautiful, natural light-filled atriums and an innovative new build at the rear with staircases bringing connectivity across the 19,365 sq ft floor plates. It has been fantastic working with CBRE and Lazari to create the very best and inspirational building.”

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