We’re delighted to announce that our London office is to move into London’s iconic Walkie-Talkie building as part of a major workplace transformation programme.
The firm, which has been based in nearby Fenchurch Avenue since 2008, has signed a 10-year lease to occupy roughly 50,000 sq ft over two-and-a-half floors of the landmark skyscraper.
It follows a detailed consultation with London-based partners and colleagues, in advance of the move which is scheduled to take place in December 2022.
Suzanne Liversidge, global managing partner at Kennedys, said: “As part of WorkWise, our global transformation programme, we’ve spent the last six months speaking to people at all levels of the business to find out what was most important to them, and it is that feedback which will help shape our future workspace.
“It was important to remain in the heart of the London market close to many of our clients and contacts.
“The Walkie-Talkie is one of London’s most iconic buildings and has the stunning Sky Garden just above us. It is an ideal location and space.”
Built in 2014 and designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly, the Fenchurch Building – affectionately known as the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ because of its resemblance to a two-way radio handset – comprises 34 floors of offices topped with three floors of bars and restaurants and the famous Sky Garden, offering panoramic views of the London skyline.
It has been rated as excellent by BREEAM, the internationally recognised Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method, which supports Kennedys’ commitment to sustainability. The new office also reflects the firm’s move to hybrid working which was introduced earlier this year, giving colleagues the technology and flexibility to be able to work from anywhere at any time.
Nick Thomas, senior partner, added: “Our global workplace transformation programme has been ongoing for some time. We had already started to introduce increased flexibility, but the pandemic obviously accelerated that. We have also seen a significant shift in what people are looking for from a workplace and we want to reflect that in the design of our global offices.
“This move is an exciting time for Kennedys. It’s the biggest change we have made as a firm and in the city where it all started more than 120 years ago.
“It signals not only our continued growth and our commitment to our clients, but also our promise to provide the very best working environment for our people.”