February 2014

 

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New Head Quarters for Celgene

Stockley Park greets new tenant

 

Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company committed to improving the lives of patients worldwide.

Celgene seeks to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for patients. Its mission as a Company is to build a major global biopharmaceutical corporation while focusing on the discovery, the development, and the commercialisation of products for the treatment of cancer and other severe, immune, inflammatory conditions.

There are more than 300 clinical trials at major medical centres using compounds from Celgene. Investigational compounds are being studied for patients with incurable haematological and solid tumour cancers, including multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, chronic lymphocyte leukaemia (CLL), non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), myelofibrosis, small cell lung cancer and prostate cancer.

Celgene was initially founded as a unit of the Celanese Corporation in 1980. However, following the 1986 merger of Celanese Corporation with American Hoechst Corporation, Celgene was spun off as an independent biopharmaceutical company.

In 2010 Celgene looked to relocate its UK Head Quarters from Riverside House in Windsor to a new development Stockley Park, Uxbridge. With its beautiful surroundings, stunning architecture and fantastic location, it's no surprise that Stockley Park is one of Europe's most successful business parks.

Just a few minutes from Heathrow Airport, the centre was purpose-built to provide the best possible working environment for companies of all sizes. Acres of parkland have been created, with lakes and landscaped areas and around 140,000 shrubs and trees.

Stockley Park has received many awards in recognition of the outstanding quality of architecture and design and innovative transport policy. The 'Best Network' award by Transport for London (Tfl) is the latest.

With superb office space and business locations, Stockley Park provides a wonderful opportunity for businesses. Along with this can be found The Arena, an amenity hub for the Park providing bars and restaurants such as Alexanders Wine Bar, the Wetherspoons Bar, as well as Virgin Active Health Club (free membership available), the Golf Course (18 hole), sandwich shops, Canned Ego Hair and Beauty Salon and WH Smith.

Celgene opted to consolidate two offices at the Business Park, providing easier access to Heathrow for international clients.

Ibex Interiors was brought in to carry out the fit out to 1 Longwalk, one of the impressive Head Quarters buildings constructed on the site.

The fit-out includes the modifications and renewal of M&E services, the installation and fit-out to Open Plan Office Area, Cellular Offices and Booth Areas, Executive Meeting Rooms and Formal Meeting Rooms, Copy Rooms, UPS Room and Comms Room for early delivery, IT Build Room, Post Room, First Aid Room, Café, Brasserie and Kitchen.

Covering some 75,000sq ft, 1 Longwalk is set over two-storeys, with two main core floor areas. The ground floor opens up into an impressive reception area which leads into an open plan café and hospitality area. It was made clear by the Client that it was very important for them to maximise the use of the café and break out areas, and so Architect, Scott Brownrigg, concentrated on making the areas a real feature.

The use of natural light has been the cornerstone of the design with two atriums allowing light to flood down from the first floor. A nine metre long hexagonal bench has also been incorporated to provide a 'meet and greet' area.

The second floor features mainly open plan office space with some cellular areas. Celgene's previous office space was very cellular and so the Client was keen to embrace the use of open plan design allowing teams to be more accessible and work space to flow better. The fit-out completed in February this year and Celgene has since moved into the space. Early reports show that the space has been received wonderfully.