First views of new Brighton HQ for American Express

First views of new HQ for American Express

Seamus O'Loughlin, vice president of Global Real Estate

In the boardroom at the new American Express building

The view from the new American Express building

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The biggest employer in Brighton and Hove has unveiled its state-of-the-art headquarters.

These are the first images of the new American Express European centre in St John Street.

The state-of-the-art building will be home to almost 3,000 American Express employees, who will move into their new and improved workspace during the coming months.

The major building project has also provided employment for local workers as up to 30% of contractors on site were from Sussex, helping strengthen the local economy during the three-year construction phase.

Pupils from Carlton Hill Primary School, children from Tarnerland Nursery, members of the Sussex Deaf Association and American Express employees worked with artist Kate Malone to produce 160 square metres of hand-crafted ceramic tiles, which have been arranged in the style of a traditional flint wall on the outside of the building facing Carlton Hill.

Recycling

The chalk excavated for the foundations has been recycled by local Sussex golf courses.

Seamus O’Loughlin, vice president of real estate at American Express, said: “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 1 John Street, a move which underscores our commitment to the local economy and community.

“We have worked closely with the contractors Sir Robert McAlpine and EPR to create a contemporary building that will serve the current and future needs of our business whilst being as environmentally responsible as possible.”

The “wedding cake” building, Amex’s former home, is to be demolished.

According to the council’s city plan, which dictates development in the city until 2030, the site has been earmarked for 30,000sqm of office space and 165 flats.

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5:02pm Tue 4 Dec 12

bruce_ says...

At least those who work inside the place won't have to look at it, except when they arrive and leave!
At least those who work inside the place won't have to look at it, except when they arrive and leave! bruce_
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5:07pm Tue 4 Dec 12

btnman says...

Hideous box design and far too large for the position.
Hideous box design and far too large for the position. btnman
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8:18pm Tue 4 Dec 12

nocando says...

I've worked there, as sites go it was a bloody nightmare.
I've worked there, as sites go it was a bloody nightmare. nocando
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9:16pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Dave At Home says...

Amex is the largest employer in Brighton, let's just drop the Hove bit, like the Council will do in the New Year to save a few more squid....
Amex is the largest employer in Brighton, let's just drop the Hove bit, like the Council will do in the New Year to save a few more squid.... Dave At Home
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10:31pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Athena says...

I remember watching the new state-of-the-art Edward Street offices being built when I worked at the old Edward Street offices in 1976. That, too, was to house 3,000 employees. Only seems like yesterday and now it's to be demolished.
I remember watching the new state-of-the-art Edward Street offices being built when I worked at the old Edward Street offices in 1976. That, too, was to house 3,000 employees. Only seems like yesterday and now it's to be demolished. Athena
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8:25am Wed 5 Dec 12

HJarrs says...

It is a bit of an eyesore and I always thought certain views were protected in B&H until I could see the building protruding above the Pavilion when looking from Pavilion Gardens, which is a shame.

I hope it is a better building to work in than it is aesthetically. It is a deep plan building with little chance of decent daylight for most. It was also a high embodied energy construction from what I could see and I hope its energy performance makes up for this.

Lets hope what is built on the site of the old offices is a lot better.
It is a bit of an eyesore and I always thought certain views were protected in B&H until I could see the building protruding above the Pavilion when looking from Pavilion Gardens, which is a shame. I hope it is a better building to work in than it is aesthetically. It is a deep plan building with little chance of decent daylight for most. It was also a high embodied energy construction from what I could see and I hope its energy performance makes up for this. Lets hope what is built on the site of the old offices is a lot better. HJarrs
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9:36am Wed 5 Dec 12

Hoarder12345444 says...

Dave At Home wrote:
Amex is the largest employer in Brighton, let's just drop the Hove bit, like the Council will do in the New Year to save a few more squid....
Well it's true there arne't any offices in Hove For Amex.
[quote][p][bold]Dave At Home[/bold] wrote: Amex is the largest employer in Brighton, let's just drop the Hove bit, like the Council will do in the New Year to save a few more squid....[/p][/quote]Well it's true there arne't any offices in Hove For Amex. Hoarder12345444
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