The architect stresses that the reception area is ideal for “meeting and greeting”, which is to say that it is slick enough to present to leading members of the popocracy.
And speaking of them, the offices will not be lacking reminders of EMI’s output. The signage takes the form of letters on CDs, and three plasma screens show the latest videos picked from the music publisher’s
£2.4bn turnover, which includes singalong chart-topper Robbie Williams, anodyne indie popsters Coldplay and clinically depressing Radiohead. Notable by their absence are another of the company’s famous signings, The Sex Pistols, who were dropped before they had the chance to record a note, and who responded with EMI, a tender ballad full of lyrical regret for what might have been. Not.
There is a listening room on the ground floor, and the first has a performance space for auditioning new talent. And for that streamlined touch, the sound system in the eating area is concealed within the seating.
Architect/lead consultant MoreySmith Main contractor Interior Project manager Rowney Sharman QS Davis Langdon & Everest M&E engineer Cameron Taylor Brady