Since it’s opening in 2012, the Google Campus has had profound effects on the London workforce who now expect companies to add a touch of community spirit, creativity and individuality to office spaces. Communal break out areas have evolved past the moth-eaten sofas and soulless plastic chairs that featured in ‘The Office’ to areas that more closely resemble an indie coffee shop. Wooden benches, exposed bulbs and even the odd bean bag chair and foosball table. The need for a more inviting workspace has now seeped from East London all the way to Hammersmith with the creation of The Aircraft Factory, a large warehouse conversion boasting 56,350 sq. ft. of office space with plenty of outdoor space and communal seating. The Aircraft Factory developers have really tried to foster a sense of community through their campus vibes with large corridors, grand reception area and landscaped courtyard. There is a large cycling bay, electric car points and an onsite coffee bar, all of which exude the same sense of community you would find at a university ground. And what’s the benefits of these large communal spaces you may ask? Networking and interconnectivity which have never been so important than they are right now, especially in the tech and media sectors. With the Aircraft Factory one can benefit from the buzz of co-working office space whilst retaining a traditional office- it’s the best of both worlds in our eyes. The Aircraft Factory has been lovingly developed to create a space that any Shoreditch media company would be envious of whilst catering for the more traditional of occupiers.
Whilst the grounds may seem like a university campus, inside the mammoth building, professional office space awaits with beautiful wooden flooring, exposed brick work and incredibly generous floor to ceiling height. The building is flooded with natural light due to the large windows spanning each wall and the open plan rooms benefit from the kind of low hanging lighting fixtures that have been taking the media office sector by storm. The penthouse offices come with roof terraces and all offices have immediate phone and data connectivity with high-speed internet.
Shazam, L’Oreal, Virgin Media and Disney have already made the move West and are based in Hammersmith and so it has never been such an exciting time to relocate to West London. With fantastic transport links, Hammersmith can proudly be called the transport hub for West London with two London underground stations and a major bus interchange at Hammersmith Broadway and benefits from lower business rates and rents than the offices in Central London.
As for amenities, if you were to get bored of the onsite coffee bar, you are but a short walk away from a multitude of great Pub’s, cafés and restaurants and on summer days, you can enjoy your sandwiches on one of the many grassy areas.