Four Communications Group plc, the number four independent agency in the UK according to PR Week, will move to a new home at 20 St Thomas Street in London Bridge at the end of May 2013.
After more than a decade in the West End, London Bridge was an attractive choice for Four’s next move due to the combination of excellent transport connections and a vibrant area that includes Borough Market, More London, Bankside and the Shard.
20 St Thomas Street is just minutes from the newly renovated London Bridge station and just 200 yards from the entrances to the Shard and Borough Market. The 15,000 sq ft space is being designed and fitted out by Area Sq (http://www.areasq.co.uk/) one of the UK’s leading office design companies and a client of Four’s Property PR practice. Montagu Evans conducted the search. Market leading carpet tile manufacturer and environmental pioneer Interface (http://www.interfaceflor.co.uk/) – another Four client – has been selected to carpet the space in their stylish and sustainable flooring.
The newly refurbished office will offer exceptionally high quality client space, including zones for entertainment, working and seminars as well as meetings. The company will continue its culture of open plan working on a single floor, and benefit from significant investment in an all-new highly virtualised IT infrastructure, as well as state-of-the-art unified communications and networking from global market leader Avaya, implemented and supported by Charterhouse Voice & Data. The opportunities for collaborative working with clients will increase tremendously, and there will also be a dedicated staff area which will offer zones for collaboration, dining, brainstorming and relaxing.
Since moving to Communications House, Leicester Square in 2003, Four’s London team has grown from 30 to 140 UK staff across a wide range of practices – including public relations, public affairs, sponsorship, media buying, design and digital. Acquisitions – bgb, Colman Getty and Kinross+ Render – have also been integrated.
Four Communications Group chief executive Nan Williams said:
“We are so excited about the possibilities a brand new space in London Bridge offers the next stage in the history of Four. Since our launch in 2001, we have grown from seven to more than 150 employees across our UK and Gulf hubs and in the past three years have welcomed three acquisitions – bgb, Colman Getty and Kinross+Render – to the Group.
“Following a thorough search of the London commercial market, we were delighted to sign the lease for 20 St Thomas Street with Great Portland Estates. As well as being in the heart of a new creative village in London, we have spent a huge amount of time designing the space to give clients and staff the very best infrastructure and environment possible from an integrated communications agency.”