Media group plots move to Teddington

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.

A public exhibition will be held at the Landmark Arts Centre, in Ferry Road, Teddington on Saturday, July 6, between 10am and 2pm and Thursday, July 11, from 4pm to 8pm. For more information, visit teddington-riverside.co.uk, call 0845 6039928 or email teddington-riverside@gka.co.uk.

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10:13pm Wed 26 Jun 13

Twickenham Bob says...

What's the betting the planning officials have already agreed a master plan with the developers - so effectively cutting out the general public yet again!
What's the betting the planning officials have already agreed a master plan with the developers - so effectively cutting out the general public yet again! Twickenham Bob
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8:39am Thu 27 Jun 13

lottieprosser says...

When building more housing I hope that they will bear in mind that there are no school places left in Teddington. Perhaps they could include a new primary school on the site (ha ha!).
When building more housing I hope that they will bear in mind that there are no school places left in Teddington. Perhaps they could include a new primary school on the site (ha ha!). lottieprosser
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2:24pm Thu 27 Jun 13

aspicer says...

Great news! Let's push this through asap. 1,000 decent jobs in the region, bringing the associated employment and taxes with it.
There should be far more of this in the borough. Richmond should be out there selling itself to businesses as the location to be. Access to London via train and tube, near Heathrow and the M25, M4. Great location, but undersold. Staines-upon-Thames and its Causeway does a better job of selling itself, and it shouldn't even be able to compete with LBRUT.
Not just executive level jobs, but admin, secretarial, HR, accounting, cleaning & maintenance, their pensions, private medical all taking the strain off the local taxpayer and adding to the coffers for further local infrastructure and development. The employees spending in the towns restaurants, bars and shops. Big business needs to be here and we all benefit.
Obviously the usual suspects will consider such a move the end of the world, and will list their usual objections.. yawn! Plus, they are pensioners and concerns over employment and jobs is no longer high on their list.
Great news! Let's push this through asap. 1,000 decent jobs in the region, bringing the associated employment and taxes with it. There should be far more of this in the borough. Richmond should be out there selling itself to businesses as the location to be. Access to London via train and tube, near Heathrow and the M25, M4. Great location, but undersold. Staines-upon-Thames and its Causeway does a better job of selling itself, and it shouldn't even be able to compete with LBRUT. Not just executive level jobs, but admin, secretarial, HR, accounting, cleaning & maintenance, their pensions, private medical all taking the strain off the local taxpayer and adding to the coffers for further local infrastructure and development. The employees spending in the towns restaurants, bars and shops. Big business needs to be here and we all benefit. Obviously the usual suspects will consider such a move the end of the world, and will list their usual objections.. yawn! Plus, they are pensioners and concerns over employment and jobs is no longer high on their list. aspicer
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3:20pm Thu 27 Jun 13

Twickenham Bob says...

This result in a net loss of jobs for the borough - because Haymarket is closing down their current office campus, and pushing out the firms in Teddington Studios.

Yet more economic damaged caused by allowing office buildings to be converted to residential. Without planning permission. Michael Heseltime who ownes Haymarket should hang his head in shame.
This result in a net loss of jobs for the borough - because Haymarket is closing down their current office campus, and pushing out the firms in Teddington Studios. Yet more economic damaged caused by allowing office buildings to be converted to residential. Without planning permission. Michael Heseltime who ownes Haymarket should hang his head in shame. Twickenham Bob
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4:33pm Thu 27 Jun 13

Twotonted says...

They will need to sort the parking out first or there will be massive local opposition. Haymarket are not popular on the eastern side of Teddington due to the problems created by the employees cars. Provision of parking will be essential, it is bad enough now with 650 there, where will the other park?. Many of the Haymarket workforce live outside the area so public transport is not a viable option for them.
They will need to sort the parking out first or there will be massive local opposition. Haymarket are not popular on the eastern side of Teddington due to the problems created by the employees cars. Provision of parking will be essential, it is bad enough now with 650 there, where will the other park?. Many of the Haymarket workforce live outside the area so public transport is not a viable option for them. Twotonted
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12:17pm Fri 28 Jun 13

Twickenham Bob says...

I note the article has been updated with Lord True stating he feels it will be good for the local job market.

Most local authorities would give their eye teeth for a modern studio complex and editing facilities. There are dozens of companies that feed into the Teddington Studios complex.

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and many more independent film companies use the facilities. They in turn employ catering companies, props, lighting, make up, etc etc.

Whilst the staff are here they use the numerous cafes, restaurants, & boutique shops. I doubt the much lower paid magazine staff will not have expense accounts to match.

We can expect to see a domino effect with many of the restaurants and cafes being forced to shut down. Its not without reason the quality of shops in Teddington is higher than that of Twickenham even though it has a smaller catchment area.

To protect local employment opportunities, and the local TV & film industry the studios must be saved.
I note the article has been updated with Lord True stating he feels it will be good for the local job market. Most local authorities would give their eye teeth for a modern studio complex and editing facilities. There are dozens of companies that feed into the Teddington Studios complex. The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and many more independent film companies use the facilities. They in turn employ catering companies, props, lighting, make up, etc etc. Whilst the staff are here they use the numerous cafes, restaurants, & boutique shops. I doubt the much lower paid magazine staff will not have expense accounts to match. We can expect to see a domino effect with many of the restaurants and cafes being forced to shut down. Its not without reason the quality of shops in Teddington is higher than that of Twickenham even though it has a smaller catchment area. To protect local employment opportunities, and the local TV & film industry the studios must be saved. Twickenham Bob
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