Stoford starts on site for Henkel

Midland property specialist Stoford has laid the foundations for a high profile office headquarters in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire for Henkel, a global leader in brands and technologies.

The 40,000sq ft three-storey scheme, designed by Cornish Architects, has been forward funded by British Steel Pension Fund (BSPF) on a 15 year lease. It is being built by Anglo Holt Construction to high levels of sustainability and is scheduled for completion next Summer (2014).

Located on a site already owned by Henkel in Wood Lane End just north of the busy town centre, the scheme will bring together staff from Henkel’s offices in Hatfield and Aylesbury and reaffirm Henkel’s commitment to Hemel Hempstead.

Gerard Ludlow, Stoford Development Manager said the new offices would enable Henkel to consolidate its operations around the London area.

“Hemel Hempstead’s excellent communication links from both motorway and rail networks as well as domestic and international air travel make this an ideal location. It is Stoford’s first major office development in the South East and we are delighted to be able to provide Henkel with such a landmark building.”

Henkel was founded in Germany in 1876 and operates worldwide with leading brands including Pritt, Sellotape, Loctite and Schwarzkopf hair products.

Liam Murphy, Country President of Henkel Ltd said: “This project is very important to us as we consolidate our operating locations around the London area and reaffirm Henkel’s commitment in the UK.”

Savills were appointed on behalf of Stoford Developments and John Arkwright & Co acted for BSPF.