Henkel – a global leader in home care, beauty and adhesive products – is set to transfer many of its UK activities under one roof following completion of its impressive new £9 million headquarters in Hertfordshire.

Leading commercial property developer Stoford has reached practical completion of the 36,000 sq ft office development adjacent to Henkel’s existing facility at Wood End Lane, Hemel Hempstead.

Henkel has taken a 15-year lease on the V-shaped three-storey building, which was forward funded by British Steel Pension Fund (BSPF). West Bromwich-based Anglo Holt Construction carried out the build and fit out.

Henkel’s new HQ consolidates in one central location its activities from its existing offices in Hatfield and Aylesbury and reaffirms the company’s commitment to Hemel Hempstead. The building’s environmental credentials include a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating and an EPC rating of ‘B’.

Henkel was founded in Germany in 1876 and operates worldwide, with around 1,100 employees in the UK and Ireland. The company’s portfolio of brands includes Schwarzkopf, Persil, Pritt, Sellotape and Loctite.

Matt Burgin, joint managing director at Birmingham-based Stoford, said “This has been a very successful development on behalf of the British Steel Pension Fund and the new occupiers. We are delighted to reach practical completion and to hand over a landmark HQ building to Henkel.”

Mike Peacock, ‘One Roof’ project manager at Henkel, said: “We are very impressed with the new building and it’s great to see the extremely high quality construction and attention to detail demonstrated by the development and construction team. We are really looking forward to bringing our adhesives, beauty care and UK headquarters teams together under ‘one roof’ at Hemel Hempstead for the first time.”

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