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RSHP waves goodbye to Thames Wharf home

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has moved out of its long-term headquarters in Hammersmith and into its new home in the Cheesegrater

The practice opened the doors of its new City of London office yesterday (14 December) after saying goodbye to its base for the last 30 years at Thames Wharf, west London.

The company has taken up a 1,600m² space on level 14 of the 47-storey RSHP-designed 122 Leadenhall building.

RSHP has been looking for a new home since 2013 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.

The entire complex was bought by former Richard Rogers Partnership co-founder Marco Goldschmied in acrimonious circumstances in 2007 as part of a settlement with his former partners. But late last year, the former RIBA president sold a 75 per cent stake in the site to London & Regional Properties for an undisclosed sum.

As part of the deal Goldschmeid retained a 25 per cent ‘interest’ in the resultant joint venture company that owns the site through two Guernsey-based firms; NOCO2C0 and Knightsbridge Holdings.

Earlier this month the AJ uncovered that the practice was set to make a round of redundancies following its move from the Hammersmith studio to its new City base.

The shake-up which could see 20 of the practice’s 193 staff lose their jobs, is believed to part of a wider restructuring at the company which recently saw five new partners created, including RSHP’s first woman partner Tracy Meller.

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