Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods, their main sectors of operation are foods, home care and personal care. They recently had Kohn Pedersen Fox extensively refurbish their London office space. The London office was based in a historic building and so Unilever wanted to both modernise but also preserve the space. The London office is based on Victoria Embankment overlooking the River Thames, with the building originally being completed in 1932 and listed as a Grade II landmark structure in 1977. The building has served as the headquarters for Unilever since the early 1930s.
Extensive consultation was held with Unilever employees to develop a design to provide high-quality office space that responds to the company’s operational requirements while retaining important parts of the building to safeguard its historic character.
More and more companies are adopting agile working arrangements, we recently saw how Microsoft embraced coworking in Amsterdam, now it is the turn of Unilever in Switzerland. The offices were designed by Camenzind Evolution, the ethos behind it being that the company doesn’t care where the work is done, as long as it gets done. As we know, one of the benefits of coworking and hotdesking is that is can reduce overheads. In Unilever’s case adopting an agile workplace saved it about 40% on real estate overheads. It seems that hotdesking and agile working is no longer a thing of the future, not only does it increase employee satisfaction, it also makes business sense. Here at eOffice we’re glad this trend is going from strength to strength, if you’d like to learn more about how you can take advantage of hotdesking and coworking check out our main website to see what we have to offer.