Westerland, who share a parent company with Access, has let the 115,000 sq ft office redevelopment of the Grade II listed former Ford Motors warehouse. dunnhumby will leave their Uxbridge Road base and bring around 1,000 jobs to Hammersmith.
dunnhumby has signed a 15 year lease on the Grade II listed building, which was built in 1916 and is famous for being a Ford and Citroen garage and showroom. It has been an Access Self Storage facility for the last 23 years. The building, opposite Little Brook Green Hammersmith, is to be converted into office accommodation with a new glazed roof.
Earlier this year Hammersmith & Fulham Council granted planning consent for a redesign by Collado Collins architects, including a modern three storey addition and a new curved glazed roof.
Mark Powell from dunnhumby said: “Working with an architect and developer we were able to design a space in this unique building which perfectly suits our occupational requirements and is very similar to the offices we are refurbishing in Cincinnati. Hammersmith is also an excellent location and ensures good accessibility for our staff, suppliers and customers.”
Roy Collado from architects Collado Collins said: “This is an exciting and sensitive reimagining of an important local landmark. When it was built in 1915/6, records indicate that the original plan was for it to be taller, but the First World War shortage of cement meant it stopped at three storeys, so in a way we are finishing off the building a century later.”
Cllr Nicholas Botterill, H&F Council Leader, says: “Hammersmith is enjoying a renaissance due to a number of high-profile regeneration projects and this major new investment in our town centre shows that we remain open for business. Developers are currently pumping millions of pounds into Hammersmith and the 1,000 new jobs will be a major shot in the arm for the town centre.”