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People Centric Productivity

London, UK

Flexible workspace provider, Fora, collaborates with Nice Projects to reopen Henry Wood House in London's Fitzrovia

Upcycled into a timeless, idyllic hub for productivity, the iconic former BBC Research and Development centre in London’s West End is the new home of Henry Wood House. Previously open under The Office Group (now Fora) as a co-working space, this evolution of the property offers a flexible workplace experience infused with the comfort and style of hospitality design.

The ground floor houses an airy, plant-filled café with informal meeting areas and workspaces, where Fora members can collaborate, recharge and socialise. Offering private offices on flexible licences with the option of full floor occupancy for up to 200 people, Henry Wood House is ideal for businesses keen to boost the productivity of their employees. Members will enjoy access to amenities such as an on-site wellness space and a roof terrace with views across central London.

Drawing influence from the building’s original 1960’s design, Nice Projects’ architects Simone McEwan and Sacha Leong thoughtfully refreshed the eight-floor building while paying homage to its historic roots.

“We wanted to reference the original modernist architecture by Sir John Burnet Tait Wilson and reinterpret materials and motifs in a fresh contemporary way,” says Leong.

The renovated building features a combination of restored and latter-day eco-friendly elements to achieve the perfect balance of past meets present. A striking new entrance has been implemented, including a custom concrete cast reception by Huguet Mallorca, with a built-in seating area in a graphic upholstery and a commissioned ceramic wall piece by REM Atelier in the Netherlands. Yet, nods to the past shine through in the form of a beautifully restored terrazzo and vintage parquet floors.

Tied together with an overarching neutral and green colour palette, Henry Wood House achieves what modern work culture today aspires to be: sustainable, accessible and people centric.

“I believe there will always be a need for physical places for people to gather, share ideas and collaborate, but there is no one singular formula to produce those places,” says Leong. “It’s about making spaces adaptable and flexible, always prioritising human requirements. For myself, the priority is a calm, naturally well-lit space, but Henry Wood House contains several different types of work spaces each holding their own identity. There’s something there for everyone.”