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RSHP poised for Cheesegrater HQ move

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) is set to sign a deal next week to move into a spectacular office inside the Cheesegrater – the City of London skyscraper designed by the practice

Staff members at the practice’s Thames Wharf studios in Hammersmith, its home for the last 30 years, were told of the ‘imminent’ deal on Tuesday (25 November).

The relocation plan was first revealed by the AJ in September, when it emerged Richard Rogers’ practice was in early talks to relocate from its riverside home to a 1,600m² space on level 14 of the 47-storey 122 Leadenhall building (AJ 19.09.14).

One source close to the practice said the move would create an ‘exceptional showcase’ for RSHP’s work.

He added: ‘The building is super-slick – it is not a bit folksy like the current offices in Hammersmith. So the question is what are they doing it for? Do Ivan [Harbour] and Graham [Stirk] want a complete break from the past?’

The Cheesegrater hit the headlines earlier this month after a bolt broke on the 15th floor while parts of another bolt fell from the fifth floor (AJ 14.11.14).

RSHP has been looking for a new home since last year after it was announced the practice’s longstanding Hammersmith HQ was set to be redeveloped.

Developer London & Regional Properties appointed the practice to draw up a scheme for the site, currently occupied by RSHP’s award-winning barrel-roofed office and the Michelin-starred River Café, which is owned and run by Rogers’ wife, Ruth.

A spokesman for RSHP said: ‘The office move has been discussed with staff at RSHP … an official announcement will follow soon.’

Meanwhile it was confirmed this week that RSHP had pulled out of a housing project in Cornwall. Working with prefabrication manufacturer Insulshell, the practice had been selected by Carillion Igloo for its homes scheme at Trevenson Park South in Pool.

A spokesman for RSHP said: ‘We were assisting our partners Insulshell in the competition but they decided that it didn’t fit their business model so didn’t take it any further.’

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