Pan Macmillan will relocate to its bigger, brighter new offices in Clerkenwell on Monday (9th September), leaving behind its building of the past 18 years.
The move to The Smithson, 6 Briset Street, was announced last summer, with the publisher saying it had outgrown its current New Wharf Road, King’s Cross open-plan office.
Pan Mac said publishing operations director James Long had prepared the move for over two years. The firm has also worked with workplace performance company Leesman, consultants Veldhoen + Company, plus architect and interior designer Neat Studios, to create “a healthier, more enjoyable and flexible workspace to support the company’s next growth phase”.
The new office will give employees a 50% increase in space and is designed for collaborative and project-based work, art-working, workshopping, reading, editing and quiet work. Alongside event spaces, there is a large refectory and top floor library space with panoramic views, plus 10 outdoor terraces.
The publisher will occupy the six upper floors, along with much of the eight-storey building’s ground floor. Part of the first floor will be leased to Holtzbrinck sister company Digital Science.
M.d. Anthony Forbes Watson said: “After 10 successful years of operating increasingly transparently and collaboratively in a simple open plan environment, we’re ready to embrace new, more purposeful and more flexible ways of working, which will give each of us greater agency over our working day, in a better and larger building.
“As a business, we know where we are going and within this framework I know that everyone at Pan Mac will grasp the possibilities presented by this move to get more out of the time we spend at work, to the benefit of each of us and of the business as a whole. We look forward very much to welcoming our authors, illustrators, agents, booksellers and other partners to The Smithson in the near future.”