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News - 4 December 2012

New American Express HQ opens

Expressing contined confidence in Brighton as an employment location, American Express officially opened the company’s brand new, 335,000 sq ft, purpose-built European HQ today.

This state-of-the-art facility, situated in the heart of the city’s business community, will house almost 3,000 American Express employees, including front-line servicing staff, who will move into their new and improved workspace over the coming months.

The One John Street development, which forms part of American Express’ global workspace improvement programme, features a wide range of enhanced technology and improved employee facilities and is well-equipped to respond flexibly to the company’s current and future requirements.

Seamus O’Loughlin, Vice President of Global Real Estate at American Express, commented, “American Express has a long-standing connection with Brighton. Our business has been a fixture of the Sussex landscape for over 40 years and we are delighted to open One John Street, a move which underscores our commitment to the local economy and community.”

Key features include:

  • A stepped building height creating a strong identity while respecting local views
  • Underground car parking designed to ease congestion around Carlton Hill area
  • Approximately 200,000sqft of new open plan office space with dedicated conference and training facilities
  • Amenity space for employees including outside eating terrace and sea views
  • A dedicated Healthy Living area and a Nuffield gym facility for employees
  • Highly efficient and sustainable methods of providing on site heating, cooling and electricity
  • 10,500sqft dedicated to green roofs

The chalk excavated for the foundations was recycled by local Sussex golf courses. The contractors also maximised the use of sustainable materials and production processes including rainwater harvesting, biodiverse green roofs and reduced water appliances.

The building is well on the way to achieving a BREEAM "very Good" rating. The existing HQ - known locally as The Wedding Cake" - will be demolished and replaced by 30,000 sq metres of office space before the end of 2016.

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