Unilever has revealed plans to consolidate employees from five locations in the south east of England into one campus site in Kingston upon Thames.
The proposal would bring together all employees from the company’s Leatherhead, 100 VE (Blackfriars), Kingston, PITCH, and Richmond sites.
These locations will all be closed with the exception of 100 VE, where some space will be retained to afford the consumer goods giant a central London presence. Under the proposed plans, staff working on Unilever’s Prestige health and beauty brands, currently based elsewhere in London, would move into this office.
The newly-built campus in Kingston is expected to include several buildings, a green area and a car park, in place of the mixed development which currently occupies the space. However, the proposal is still subject to planning permission, as well as internal consultation with employees.
Commenting on the news, a spokesperson from Unilever said: “We have shared plans to relocate employees from a number of our South East offices into a brand-new, purpose-built site in Kingston upon Thames from the end of 2023, bringing together our global and UK offices into one location.
“Should this proposal go ahead, we will create a modern ‘Unilever campus’, a collaborative workplace which reflects today’s ways of working, with high sustainability standards, situated close to consumers and retailers in the busy shopping town of Kingston, where Unilever has had an office for many years.
“It also makes good financial sense to bring five separate offices together into one.”
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