PA Consulting to move to new corporate headquarters in London

10 August 2016

PA Consulting has taken on a lease of two floors in the new Verde SW1 redevelopment project in the London West End. The Grade ‘A’ building features a number of sustainability features, such as bicycle spaces and number of large rooftop gardens. The firm will move into the space following its completion in Q3 2016, becoming its new global headquarters.

Verde SW1 is a redevelopment project, delivering a Grade ‘A’ building, which, once completed in Q3 2016, will offer more than 317,000 square feet of internal office space. The space is designed to provide tenants with a wide range of flexibility with respect to interior and design. In addition, the building, which is centrally located in London’s West End, supports space for more than 400 bikes as well as 40 showers and lockers. The building also has three rooftop gardens, which provide tenants with access to more than 20,000 square feet of greenery and vistas of the London Skyline. The building is being developed by Tishman Speyer, and is designed by architects Aukett Swanke, Adjaye Associates and MdeAS.

PA Consulting Group, which is majority owned by The Carlyle Group, recently announced it will take two floors in the new development, providing it with more than 58,000 square feet of office space. The office becomes the firm’s new headquarters building; moving from the firm’s current headquarters situated at Buckingham Palace Road. The global consultancy firm has a footprint of 29 offices in 16 countries.

Dan Nicholson, Head of UK for Tishman Speyer, says, “PA Consulting is a leading global management consulting and technology firm and a great tenant for us to secure into Verde SW1, which already includes Oaktree Capital, Pret-a-Manger and Waitrose. With strong competition from other developments in Victoria, we were able to secure the contract with our best-in-class amenities at Verde SW1 and the strong relationship we have built with PA, who also lease space from us in the Chrysler Building in New York.”

Hamish Maule, PA’s Head of Operations says, “PA’s business success and resulting growth has required that we secure a new headquarters building. We are pleased to be moving into Verde SW1 where we are creating an exciting space for our people and our clients to work together and to innovate. The team at Tishman Speyer have worked well with us over the last few months and are committed to supporting our planned move in early 2017.”

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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019

A Newcastle-based consultancy has announced it will open its first office in Iraq. The news comes despite warnings that the area remains “high risk” for businesses.

16 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the nation remains a shadow of its former self. The continued chaos wrought by the Iraq War – which eventually played a role in the rise to prominence of Daesh, further destabilising the region – means that even now, the nation’s capital is deemed to have the lowest quality of living in the world. According to a recent survey from Mercer, Baghdad ranked last overall – immediately below Bangui of the Central African Republic and Damascus in Syria – despite the other two being determined as the worst cities on the planet for personal safety.

However, as with the wider Middle East, the oil-rich state presents a lucrative destination to businesses willing to take the risk. To that end, a Newcastle recruitment consultancy has announced the opening of its first presence in Iraq’s capital city. Samuel Knight has taken the decision to open its Baghdad locale in order to grow its business in the Middle East.

Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

While businesses remain wary of the region, Samuel Knight specialises in recruiting talent in the energy and rail sectors, and in a release it said the new office would continue to focus on these areas. It will also allow the firm to make sure it abides by local compliance laws. The new location will be headed up by Haider Kadhim, Samuel Knight’s Iraq country manager, who will work as the first point of contact for clients and candidates. Representatives from the Department of Trade Industry are expected to attend a launch event for the office, which will be held this month.

Commenting on the new office,  a spokesperson for Samuel Knight said, “We probably don’t see it as a risk, but more of an opportunity, as we operate in the Middle East extensively already. We have contacts in place in the country location and with the consultants we have. We felt it was a great opportunity to expand into a country we are already doing work in. It means we have an on-the-ground team to help our clients. From our perspective, it is that we are looking to expand into new territories, but we are also supporting countries that are starting to redevelop after years of warfare.”

Steve Rawlingson, CEO at Samuel Knight, said, “Our aggressive five-year growth plan is manifesting at  an impressive rate, taking the company to exciting new territories. The team is working diligently to surpass expectations set out in the plan, and to ensure Samuel Knight is cemented as the leading global energy and rail recruitment specialist. Our Baghdad office will give us a distinctive edge over our competition and allow for more exciting business opportunities. Once the office becomes more established and client acquisition develops, we will certainly be adding more consultants and manpower in the city.”