February 18, 2014
The media company which counts Dave, Yesterday and Gold amongst its ten channels has announced its intention to move its 250 staff from its Hammersmith Road location to a ground-breaking new London headquarters by July this year. UKTV has signed a lease for 32,500 sq. ft. of an ecologically-recognised development at 10 Hammersmith Grove, London, and plans to work collaboratively with interior design and architecture studios PENSON to create a new headquarters that is inspirational, distinctive and “built for innovation”. The building itself is highly sustainable: one of the first in London to be entirely lit by LED lights and powered by solar panels and over the three floors of the development, there will be sociable working spaces, a café-bar and outdoor terrace, studio facilities and a screening room.
Forward-funded by the SWIP Property Trust for £50 million, 10 Hammersmith Grove is the first of two office buildings in the centre of Hammersmith, adjacent to the underground station. It includes 110,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space as well as an extensive new public realm and three restaurant units at ground level.
“10 Hammersmith Grove will be a ground-breaking facility for UKTV,” says UKTV Chief Executive, Darren Childs. “The new development increases the size of our current office and gives us the opportunity to create an inspirational working space fit for a broadcaster with a commitment to technology, imagination and the future of media. Technology will be at the heart of our progressive new workspace, and it will give everyone at UKTV the freedom to work creatively and collaboratively.
The fifteen year agreement was made with Development Securities PLC and the SWIP Property Trust through 10 Hammersmith Grove’s management agency, Jones Lang LaSalle.
PENSON previously created award-winning spaces for Google, Jay-z’s ROCNation and London College of Fashion. Sarah Nelson, UKTV’s Facilities Director, is overseeing the move and will be responsible for the new facility at 10 Hammersmith Grove.