Lonrho Group

Size of Company
Lonrho is a conglomerate employing over 3,400 staff worldwide. This project involved the relocation of 18 staff from Berkeley Square to Hammersmith.

Location of Company
26 - 28 Hammersmith Grove, London, W6 7HA.

Type of Company
Lonrho are an investment company engaged in multiple business sectors in Africa.

Client Brief
Lonrho decided to relocate from a period building in the Mayfair district to a modern building in Hammersmith. Cityspace were assigned to create a contemporary and sophisticated workspace for their staff and visitors.

Design Challenges & Considerations
A major challenge for our designer was to create a space that motivated staff to move from affluent Berkeley Square to modern Hammersmith.

Space and light were utilised; introducing collaborative areas with high benches, stools and pendant lighting positioned next to north facing windows.

The original space was disjointed and disconnected. The introduction of a meeting room suite next to the arrival area allowed for a sense of connectivity and flow in the workspace.
Wellbeing was also promoted throughout the design scheme. This was Cityspace’s first project where each member of staff was allocated their own electronic height adjustable desking. 
Key Project Achievements
Our client desired an office which portrayed the longevity and stability of the Lonrho Group brand. We improved the quality of the host office by using quality product finishes - bespoke 'smoked oak' partition details and marbled Corian surfaces. This was combined with statement pieces of furniture from Knoll to create a timeless design. 

A warm and inviting ‘Sense of Arrival’ space was achieved with a lounge area bookcase, in stained open walnut, a Bolon champagne rug and mood lighting. 

The team from Cityspace were total professionals and a delight to work with. They spent time listening and understanding our requirements at the planning stage, and then put this into action. The team were high quality, reliable and met our tight deadline as well as coming in on budget. The end result was an office we can be proud of.
— James Goode | Chief Finance Officer
Lonrho Africa would like to thank Cityspace for the excellent work on our new London Headquarters Offices. We are delighted with the finished product and impeccable workmanship you have delivered. We are pleased with the design recommendations you proposed and are particularly impressed with your flawless attention to detail. The completion of the project ahead of schedule and within budget – in spite of the many last-minute changes we made – is a credit to your organization, professionalism and patience. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Cityspace and we look forward to working with you again on future projects. We would not hesitate to recommend Cityspace to other potential clients and would be proud to be contacted as a reference site for visits at any time.
— Lonrho Africa