As it celebrates 90 years in the UK, L’Oréal Groupe has moved all 1,000+ head office employees to a new and upsized head office in Gateway Central, at the heart of White City Innovation District.
The new headquarters, which will be home to the group’s 36 international brands, include an Academy, a flagship educational centre set to train over 10,000 hair and beauty professionals from across the UK each year. The White City headquarters are 10% larger than the previous ones and boast a BREEAM Design Stage certification regarding sustainability.
The building was officially inaugurated on September 29 by French Ambassador to the UK Ms Hélène Duchêne, Deputy Mayor for Business Rajesh Agrawal and Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, London Councilor Stephen Cowan, who joined L’Oréal UK & Ireland Managing Director & Chairman Thierry Cheval.
At Gateway Central, L’Oréal joins a rapidly growing business district part of the wider White City Place, with buildings designed for modern life sciences, creative and technology businesses.
“L’Oréal’s impressive new building is not only energy efficient, helping us to achieve London’s net zero target by 2030, but it will employ hundreds of people and train thousands more from across the country. Equipping young people with the skills they need for the future is a key priority and involvement from the business sector is crucial to achieving that. The L’Oréal Academy is a fantastic example of how we can work with business to build a better, greener and fairer London for all,” said Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor for Business.
“As the number one beauty player in the UK – and one of the leading markets globally for the L’Oréal Groupe – we know that it is our talented people that are at the heart of our success. We believe the office plays a critical role in fuelling this success now and in the future – drawing on each other’s collective intelligence to create the disruptive and innovative ideas that set us apart. Our new headquarters is much more than just a physical space; it is an extension of our culture, who we are, our purpose and our values. That’s why it was paramount to take the learnings from the past few years and listen to our people and what they need from their working environment and create a purpose-built space that encourages even greater creativity, collaboration and connection, as well as space for quiet reflection and concentration. Together, we continue to shape the future of beauty, and our new home is truly the gateway to supporting our people to thrive and flourish for the next 90 years and beyond,” concluded Thierry Cheval, L’Oréal UK & Ireland Managing Director.