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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners set to move out of Hammersmith home

Marco Goldschmied looking to redevelop Thames-side site

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P) is to move out of its famous Thames Wharf premises in Hammersmith for a new base in central London.

The practice is due to leave its offices, an award-winning overhaul of a former industrial complex designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership (RRP), once the lease runs out in early 2016. It will end a 30-year association with the riverside plot.

It is understood former RRP co-founder and past RIBA president Marco Goldschmied, whose family company, Thames Wharf Studios, currently owns the site, wants to redevelop the complex once RSH+P has departed. Both Ken Shuttleworth’s Make and Asia-based Spark – of which Goldschmied is a director – have previously looked at plans to rework the site, although the practices denied having any recent involvement.

Goldschmied, who was unavailable to comment, fell out with Rogers almost a decade ago, eventually buying the freehold of the Thames-side plot in 2007 following an out-of-court settlement with his former RRP partners.

It is unclear where RSH+P will end up and the practice declined to comment on the rumours. However, any new office will need to be capable of accommodating about 150 staff. The future of Rogers’ wife Ruth’s River Café, also on the Thames Wharf site, is also unknown.

Last week it emerged Rogers had been named on the five-strong shortlist in the contest to overhaul of Houses of Parliament.

The practice is also understood to be working on a 70-storey skyscraper in Bogota.

Meanwhile it has emerged Zaha Hadid is looking to move her London office into the Design Museum in 2015, once the institution has relocated to the conversion of the Grade II*-listed Commonwealth Institute building in west London.

The AJ believes the practice has been unable to bag planning permission to extend its Bowling Green Lane offices and sees the Shad Thames building as a potentially larger new home.

Hadid bought the long-term lease of the former banana warehouse in July this year (AJ 09.07.13) in a deal understood to be worth more than £10 million.

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