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New Workplace Drives Collaboration

Hachette UK Headquarters
London, UK

“The move to Carmelite House has given us the opportunity to change the way we work. … We are thrilled to be here and grateful to HOK and Overbury for designing and delivering a fantastic building.”

Clare Harington
Group Communications Director, Hachette UK

HOK’s design transforms the landmark central London headquarters building of leading publishing company Hachette UK into a modern workspace, bringing together seven publishing divisions under one roof.

The plan enables each division to maintain its own identity within the Hachette brand while promoting company-wide collaboration and a sense of community.  

Using ‘the family’ as a metaphor for publishing divisions, the design draws on inspiration from a classic family home to create dedicated and shared spaces.

As a unique family member, each division has its own designated areas, such as meeting rooms and arrival points, that reflect its brand.

Spaces shared by all seven divisions include the reception, non-dedicated meeting spaces, the kitchen and break-out rooms. A shared pavilion café on the sixth floor takes advantage of the building’s outdoor space, extending through large glass doors to a 7,600-sq.-ft. landscaped rooftop terrace, complete with flowerbeds and grass areas with sweeping views of the London skyline.

The design creates an inviting, flexible and completely open work environment with many activity-based areas for individual and group work.


100,000 sq. ft. / 9,290 sq. m.


Interior Design


8 June 2016
“Interior Design Magazine Highlights HOK’s Design of Hachette’s UK Headquarters”
HOK News

16 November 2015
“HOK and Overbury Deliver New London Headquarters for Hachette UK”
HOK News