Coca-Cola’s UK subsidiary has moved into its new London headquarters in Wimpole Street, London W1. Around 300 Coca-Cola employees will be based at the new building, which replaces the company’s office in Hammersmith, W6.
The company’s new London base is a 1920s building which has been refitted throughout. It is set over four floors, covering 66,000 square feet and features a roof terrace, café, meeting rooms, open plan office space and hot desk facilities.
The interior of the building, designed by award-winning architectural-designer MoreySmith, is a celebration of Coca-Cola’s heritage and place in popular culture. The design unites the Edwardian Baroque-style front of the building, with a more modern rear extension via a staircase which runs through the core of the building. A custom-built, double-sided display wall has been installed over three floors and provides a spectacular backdrop to display the brand’s long heritage, including iconic original Coca-Cola memorabilia from its archives in the US.
At the heart of the building, hanging from the second floor into the reception, is a specially commissioned work by award-winning British artist/designer Stuart Haygarth. The 6.5 metre high comet shaped installation features more than 80,000 acrylic ice chunks, suspended on ultra-fine wires and illuminated by LEDs.
" The new office creates an inspiring, collaborative and modern space for us all to work in, and that was our main aim. It manages to reflect the values and culture of our Company today, but it also celebrates the 128-year heritage of the Coca-Cola brand. We are going to love being in the heart of London's West End and being even more central for our key partners and agencies." Sarah Hutton, Human Resources Director, Coca-Cola
Linda Morey Smith, Principal Director, MoreySmith comments: “We are thrilled to have designed Coca-Cola’s new office. Using the brand’s iconic history, we have created a vibrant space which draws upon the positive energy of the organisation. The diversity of work spaces and unique social areas will hopefully inspire all who inhabit or just visit the building. I hope the Coca-Cola team will be very happy in their new environment.”
Sustainability has been at the heart of the refit programme and Coca-Cola hopes the office will achieve the SKA Gold rating in recognition of the work undertaken to fit out the building sustainably. The building also includes features such as extensive LED lighting throughout and Photovoltaic (PV) cells on the roof to generate electricity for the building.
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Notes to editor
Key partners in the project include:
• Architect – Linda Morey-Smith, MoreySmith
• Main Contractor – BW Interiors
• Project Managers and Workplace strategy - CBRE
• Mechanical and Electrical Engineers – Medland Metropolis
• Quantity Surveyors – Core Five
• Structural Engineers – Price and Myers
• Art installation – Stuart Haygarth
• Coca-Cola feature wall – Acrylicize
About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 17 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where are our products are sold. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.