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A London Landmark: Explore Coke UK's New Retro Office Space

By:  Meagan Priselac Aug 26, 2014
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Coca-Cola’s new UK headquarters boasts an innovative and modern design concept that’s a far cry from the typical corporate sea of cubicles. Around 300 Coke employees are based at the new working digs on Wimpole Street, which replaces the company’s office in Hammersmith. 

*Images courtesy of Acrylicize and MoreySmith

Welcome to Wimpole Street

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The historic 1920’s building is a true London landmark. Refitted throughout, the 66,000 square foot space features an open design across all four floors and includes a roof terrace, a state of the art café, a variety of meeting rooms, and much more. 


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The interior of the building, designed by award-winning architectural-designer MoreySmith, is a celebration of Coca-Cola’s heritage and place in pop culture. The design unites the Edwardian Baroque-style front of the building, with a more modern rear extension via a staircase that runs through the core of the space.


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A custom-built, double-sided display wall expands up three floors and provides a spectacular backdrop to display the brand’s long heritage, including iconic original Coca-Cola memorabilia retrieved specifically from the Coke archives in the US. [More about these items here]


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From early advertising to the iconic contour bottle, each well thought out display is a striking reminder of where we came from and where we’re going.

Linda Morey Smith, the Principal Director at MoreySmith, says she was thrilled to have the opportunity to design such a unique office. "Using the brand’s iconic history, we have created a vibrant space which draws upon the positive energy of the organization. The diversity of work spaces and unique social areas will hopefully inspire all who inhabit or just visit the building." 


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In the heart of the building hangs a dazzling art installation commissioned by award-winning British artist/designer Stuart Haygarth

"I wanted to create something that was literally out of this world, powerful, dynamic and would glow with energy - it had to stop people in their tracks," says Haygarth.

The 21 foot comet shaped light sculpture does just that with more than 80,000 acrylic ice chunks illuminated by LEDs and suspended on ultra-fine wires.

 


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Not forgetting the primary purpose of the office, Wimpole Street offers first-class working facilities with 21 flexible meeting rooms—  nine rooms dedicated to video conferencing and another nine reserved as "quiet rooms". 


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The remaining three rooms are open-plan areas that allow everyone to come together and share ideas.

According to Sarah Hutton, Human Resources Director at Coca-Cola, "The new office creates an inspiring, collaborative and modern space for us all to work in, and that was our main aim."


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When this collaborative work rolls into "working lunches", Wimpole Street covers all the bases.


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Whether it’s a tasty team meal, a light snack in the sunshine or a quick catch-up over an ice cold Coke, there's something to satisfy every working appetite.


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And when the the sun’s out, so are employees. The Loft’s outdoor terrace provides a space to fire up the barbecue and enjoy time together in a more relaxed environment.


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To cap it off, Wimpole Street also demonstrates Coca-Cola's industry leadership in sustainability and recently achieved the SKA Gold rating in recognition of the work undertaken. The building includes sustainable features such as reclaimed timber floors, extensive LED lighting throughout and Photovoltaic (PV) cells on the roof to generate electricity for the building. 

The new London Coke headquarters refit is regarded as 'best in class' by several other Coca-Cola offices around the world. Looking at the pictures, how could it not be? Let us know what you think in the comments below.