A media group that employs more than 1,000 people is considering a permanent move to Teddington.
Haymarket Media Group wants to create a new UK headquarters in the borough, in a move that will bring together all 1,100 staff currently located in Hammersmith and Teddington.
The media group has strong links with the area dating back more than 30 years and is currently looking at a number of options for its headquarters, at a site yet to be confirmed.
It is expected that a site will be announced in the near future, with the plans to open in three to four years’ time.
In the meantime, staff based in Hammersmith will temporarily move to join their 650 colleagues in Teddington.
Haymarket has owned the Teddington Studios site since 2004 and occupied it since 2006.
Part of the site is leased to Pinewood, which will leave when its lease expires during 2014, and Haymarket plans to redevelop it.
Kevin Costello, chief executive of Haymarket, said: “We are embarking on an exciting journey which will bring all our staff currently based in Teddington and Hammersmith together in a single headquarters.
“The move will enable a closer working relationship across the group and we see no better place to do this than in the borough of Richmond, where we already have such strong ties.”
Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, said the move would be good for the borough’s job market and local economy, with business growth vital for Richmond’s future.
Haymarket said initial plans for the redevelopment of the Teddington site would provide a number of new homes to help meet housing needs.
Haymarket will share plans with the community before a planning application is submitted.
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