PRH reveals publisher mix at Embassy Gardens

PRH reveals publisher mix at Embassy Gardens

Penguin Random House UK has told staff where its various publishing houses will be based following the office move in 2020, when its lease at 80 Strand expires and its tenancy at One Embassy Gardens in Nine Elms SW8 begins. 

In the interests of ensuring "a balance of teams" between the two offices - One Embassy Gardens and the remaining site at Vauxhall Bridge Road - the publishing houses relocating to the new building will include Michael Joseph and Penguin Random House Children’s, both previously based at the Strand; Transworld, moving from its site in Ealing; and Vintage, moving from VBR. The publishing houses will be joined by the Audiences & Audio, Communications and Corporate Responsibility and Finance teams, also located in Embassy Gardens.

Meanwhile at the existing VBR site, Penguin General and Penguin Press will move from the Strand to join Ebury and Cornerstone.

Spread across both offices will be the following departments: HR; Legal & Contracts; Publishing operations; Sales, and Technology. C.e.o. Tom Weldon will also work across both offices.

There will be a broadly even split of staff across both sites, with approximately 600 in each.

Further to the staff update, PRH said it would be working with architects Perkins + Will to design workspaces across the two sites that "celebrate the distinct and unique identities of our publishing houses, as well as a reflection of our shared culture, values and identity as one Penguin Random House". 

In addition to bringing its London colleagues closer together, having a mix of publishing houses and group departments across the two sites would help it to "better share knowledge and expertise and develop our skills and talent", PRH said.

"We believe this will place us in the best position to explore new ways of connecting our authors and readers, as well as attracting and supporting the best creative talent from across the country," the publisher said in a statement, adding: "The leadership team and HR are working with colleagues to prepare for the changes ahead and next steps as we head into the design phase."

Weldon commented: “We have an opportunity between now and the end of 2019 to think about how our workspace can become a hub for the best creative talent in London. This is not just about where we work, but also about how we work together in the future.”