The evolution of Nine Elms into the newest and brightest cultural hub south of the Thames has had a major boost with the decision of publishing giant Penguin Random House UK choosing the site.
John Mulryan, UK Managing Director, Ballymore, welcoming the signing of an ‘Agreement for Lease’ by the publishers for a new London office at One Embassy Gardens, said:
“With the forthcoming opening of the new US Embassy and the recent announcement of Apple moving its headquarters to the area, this gives further momentum to this remarkable place of regeneration.
“This building sits prominently at the heart of Embassy Gardens overlooking the River Thames, Linear Park and US Embassy. We believe Penguin Random House is the ideal tenant given its strong brand and reputation.
‘Delivery of this workspace in 2019 will help create a complimentary mix of uses along with new homes and retail spaces to create a new part of central London.”
Penguin Random House plans to occupy 83,400 square feet across floors one to five of One Embassy Gardens with a dedicated reception and event space on the ground floor. The publisher will continue to occupy its existing office at 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, Pimlico, a short walk away.
The company aims to move all its London employees into one of these two sites at the end of 2019, vacating its Ealing and 80 Strand offices. Both One Embassy Gardens and 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road will be home to a mix of Penguin Random House departments and CEO Tom Weldon, among others, will work at both offices.
Tom Weldon commented: “This move provides an opportunity for all of our teams to work together even more closely as one company. This is about much more than just bricks and mortar. We want to use our new workspace to build a creative culture for the future that will help us to attract and retain the very best talent.”
“Many of our 1,200 London colleagues have already shared some great ideas in surveys and workshops. I am looking forward to working with them over the coming months and years to build an exciting creative space where we can all do the best work of our lives.”