Fujifilm has broken ground on its new UK headquarters just 250 metres from its current location on St Martins Way, Bedford, where company operations have been located since 1983. The innovation and technology company’s UK arm, which employs 300 staff directly from its Bedfordshire headquarters, is set to move into its new premises on Cardington Road, Bedford, in summer 2022.
Since first moving its UK logistics operations to Bedford almost 40 years ago, Fujifilm has diversified its products and services by leveraging its imaging and information technology to become a global presence known for innovation not only in photography, but increasingly in healthcare – with Fujifilm playing a key role in helping the UK fight COVID-19 with the manufacture of vaccines, supply of therapies and key front-line and community diagnostic products.
The new £8 million headquarters, built in partnership with leading real estate investor and developer Graftongate, will stand at three stories tall, providing almost 30,000 sq ft for office space and dedicated workshop and exhibition areas.
Known as Fujifilm House, the new building’s design holds Fujifilm’s green policies and community values at its heart. The scheme will achieve BREEAM ‘excellent’ and incorporate solar panels, rainwater collection systems and biodiverse landscaping design working in partnership with the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, all contributing to the building’s sustainable credentials.
Tying together Fujifilm’s long-standing presence in Bedford and the company’s Japanese heritage, the building’s exterior aims to integrate design elements from Japan – such as shoji screens and louvers – as well as Bedford’s history of lacemaking, with intricate patterns incorporated into its design.
Building works are now underway with developer Graftongate, a company which shares a passion for greener initiatives and working collaboratively with the local community. Fujifilm has signed a 10-year lease on the premises.
Christopher Waud acted for Fujifilm and Savills acted for Graftongate on the leasing and planning.
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Photo credits, left to right:
Image 1: Duncan Edgar, Fujifilm UK; Jaspreet Parmar, Fujifilm UK; Richard Creighton, Fujifilm UK; Nicola Brims, Fujifilm UK; Yoshitaka Nakamura, Fujifilm UK; Patrick Lyons, Acting Manager for Economic Growth & Development, Bedford Borough Council; Dave Hodgson, Elected Mayor of Bedford Borough; Craig Austin, Director of Environment, Bedford Borough Council; Charles Whitbread, Representative of Southill Estate; Dave Kirton, Fujifilm UK; Colin Beasley, Principal, Graftongate; Paul Sloan, Fujifilm UK
Image 2: Richard Creighton, Fujifilm UK; Nicola Brims, Fujifilm UK; Yoshitaka Nakamura, Fujifilm UK; Patrick Lyons, Acting Manager for Economic Growth & Development, Bedford Borough Council; Dave Hodgson, Elected Mayor of Bedford Borough; Craig Austin, Director of Environment, Bedford Borough Council
Image 3: Duncan Edgar, Fujifilm UK; Dave Hodgson, Elected Mayor of Bedford Borough; Yoshitaka Nakamura, Fujifilm UK