Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods, their main sectors of operation are foods, home care and personal care. They recently had Kohn Pedersen Fox extensively refurbish their London office space. The London office was based in a historic building and so Unilever wanted to both modernise but also preserve the space. The London office is based on Victoria Embankment overlooking the River Thames, with the building originally being completed in 1932 and listed as a Grade II landmark structure in 1977. The building has served as the headquarters for Unilever since the early 1930s.
Extensive consultation was held with Unilever employees to develop a design to provide high-quality office space that responds to the company’s operational requirements while retaining important parts of the building to safeguard its historic character.