Addison Lee Group is to move into new London headquarters as it pursues a global growth strategy.
The transport firm is to relocate to The Point in the rapidly developing Paddington Basin district in central London – Addison Lee’s third multi-million UK property investment in the last 12 months – as the business equips its UK and international arms for expansion. Addison Lee has acquired 3 US businesses in the last 18 months as it takes its’ premium London service to New York.
Andy Boland, Addison Lee’s CEO, said: “Addison Lee’s investment in a new global HQ and in world-class facilities across the UK demonstrates belief in our future, people and in Britain as a great place to do business.”
Addison Lee’s 380 Central London staff will occupy one 25000 ft² floor of The Point. The new premises will be configured as an agile workplace, where staff choose desks each day depending on the people they need to work with, encouraging teams to work more closely together.
To realise the project, Addison Lee is working with some of the brightest stars in property development, office architecture and design, including Tishman Speyer and the award-winning MCM and Neil Usher.
Addison Lee’s investment in a new head office comes in a year where the business’ key support areas have been relocated to better serve their customers. Addison Lee opened Grand Union, a new driver service and training centre – designed to support the company’s fleet and driver partners – near Heathrow Airport, and a purpose-built customer service centre in Peterborough, creating 250 jobs.
The premium car service last month launched a campaign to add up to 1,000 drivers in London as it seeks to keep up with increased demand for its services.
Boland added: “While our focus is global, we’re a business with a London heritage, and recent demand shows a huge opportunity for us in our home city.”
The global HQ will support Addison Lee North America, which is launching a branded fleet in New York and includes the group’s three acquisitions.
Addison Lee is owned by Carlyle Group. The company is growing through a combination of organic expansion and acquisitions and counts over 80% of FTSE 100 companies among its customers.