Businesses boom in H&F as firms rush for office space
Hammersmith & Fulham is one of the top destinations for businesses as office take up doubles in the borough.
A staggering 409,000sqft of office space was snapped up by businesses in 2017 – which represents a massive increase on the 201,000sqft acquired in 2016.
The boom coincided with the unveiling of Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s new Industrial Strategy (pdf 2.6MB), which includes a drive to provide new and more affordable workspace to bring economic growth to everyone in the borough.
“We’re determined to make H&F the go-to destination for London entrepreneurs and firms looking for office space because of our well-connected borough and our positive approach to business,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration.
“The prosperity created in the borough must be shared by everyone not just the few. We want all local people to benefit.
We’re a business-friendly council that is striving to make H&F the best place to work, live and socialise.”
There has been a huge development in flexible affordable workplaces in H&F.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council have worked on creating more affordable co-working hubs in the borough for entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing businesses looking to grow in the area.
One of the newest co-working spaces by Work.Life is now available at Kings House in Hammersmith Road.
Occupying the ground floor, Work.Life offers hot desking and private offices with all the essentials for a good day at the office. New affordable work spaces on offer in Hammersmith.
H&F Council want to make H&F the best place in Europe for businesses to start up, survive and grow.
Part of the council’s new Industrial Strategy includes making use of underused land and space and encouraging more investment in new office space to make it easier for entrepreneurs and start-ups to find workplaces in the borough.
Other examples of new flexible workplaces in H&F include WeWork at 184 Shepherds Bush Road in Brook Green and 12 Hammersmith Grove.
Home sweet home
The council’s efforts to make H&F a thriving business hub have proved to be a roaring success with some huge movers and shakers setting up shop in the borough.
The likes of TV personality Jonathan Ross and Good Morning Britain presenters Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan are now filming in White City after ITV took over the offices at the former BBC building Westworks at White City Place to further strengthen the reputation of W12 as the capital’s creative hub.
Meanwhile, the most recent arrivals in H&F are Japan’s largest airline company All Nippon Airways and Perform Group which moved into 12 Hammersmith Grove - one of the standout building in the Hammersmith town centre that offers 170,000sqft of high-end office space next to 10 Hammersmith Grove which is home to the likes of FOX, UKTV and Philip Morris International.
The latest office space to bolster the borough’s impressive line-up is the Foundry at Assembly London at 77 Fulham Palace Road – boasting an eye-catching installation from British artist Alex Chinneck made from 4,000 bricks. The 10-tonne giant rip in the brick façade represents a torn page in homage to the site previously being home to a publisher for 20 years.