The Hickman Whitechapel, London E1 Building

The Hickman Whitechapel, London E1 Building, GPE Property Development UK

The Hickman Whitechapel, London E1 News

11 + 10 February 2022

A workplace trendsetter: The Hickman, Whitechapel heralds a new era for ‘smart’ offices

Design: DSDHA

Location: City of London, England, UK

The Hickman Whitechapel, London E1 Building
photograph : GPE

The Hickman London E1 Development

Thursday 10th of February 2022 – In becoming the world’s first building to be awarded WiredScore’s SmartScore ‘Platinum’ rating, The Hickman has spearheaded a new era for workplaces, reflecting customers’ changing expectations as a result of shifting work patterns.

The Hickman Whitechapel London property interior design
photograph : Four Communications

With hybrid working now the norm for many businesses, there is increased demand for developers and employers to deliver office space that provides a better experience than the working-from-home alternative. Firms can therefore use this opportunity to leverage their workplaces to attract top talent and retain the best staff. As part of this consideration, the use of smart technology brings environmental, work efficiency and operating cost advantages. This evolution is brought to the fore at The Hickman, a seven-storey building in Whitechapel developed, owned, and managed by GPE, which is setting the standard for sustainability and driving innovation.

The Hickman London property development
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Offering a total of 75,280 sq ft of best-in-class workspace, The Hickman also features a large 5,100 sq ft shared courtyard with plenty of fresh air, planting, as well as areas for agile working, socialising and relaxing. The 4,400 sq ft reception is integrated with further space that serves as Makers Café during the day, (the name ‘Makers’ reflects the tool-making industrial heritage of the building in a previous life), and a bar for after-work drinks, open to the public. Additionally, the generous ground floor breakout area space gives plenty of room for collaboration with colleagues.

The Hickman Whitechapel London property interior design
photograph : Four Communications

The Hickman’s location, within Whitechapel and on the edge of the City of London, forms the epitome of a 15-minute neighbourhood with vibrant bars, restaurants, shops, and hotspots such as Old Spitalfields Market on the doorstep. Conveniently connected to two Zone 1 underground and overground stations including Crossrail at Whitechapel, the building is ideally accessible for commuters. Just a nine-minute walk from Liverpool Street Station, the neighbourhood is seeing the continued influx of new homes and amenities, including Whitechapel Market which is set to undergo a multimillion-pound transformation including a new public realm.

The Hickman Whitechapel, London E1 cafe
picture : GPE

The BREEAM ‘Excellent’ building is part of GPE’s ambitious sustainability target to be a net zero carbon business by 2030 and by retaining 53% of the existing building during construction, a significant 49% embodied carbon saving was achieved compared with an equivalent new build construction.

The Hickman Whitechapel London property interior design
photograph : Four Communications

GPE is also extremely proud of the building achieving the world’s first SmartScore ‘Platinum’ rating. The SmartScore rating is a global standard certification that heralds best-in-class buildings which harness technology to enhance the occupier’s experience and provides effortless functionality to optimise the building environment, improve energy efficiency, and reduce occupational costs. At The Hickman, advanced functionality includes sesameTM, GPE’s award-winning smart workplace app, which provides features such as an online concierge service, contactless access control, environmental controls and much more.

The Hickman Whitechapel London property interior design
photo : Four Communications

Marc Wilder, Leasing Director at GPE, said: “Responding to the new ways of working, we design all our buildings to be tech savvy, offer greater choice and provide the highest sustainable credentials. The Hickman embodies all of this. Providing our customers with more than just space to work in, the building itself creates the opportunity for them to thrive within a creative environment that does the day-to-day thinking for them. The Hickman is just one example of how we work hard to craft workplaces that are enjoyable, comfortable, convenient and inspiring.”

The Hickman Whitechapel London property interior design
image : Four Communications

Integrated marketing and communications agency Four Communications Group is the first occupier at The Hickman, taking 17,700 sq ft, of office space on the fifth, sixth and seventh floors.

Architect for the transformation of The Hickman was DSDHA.

The Hickman Whitechapel London courtyard
photo : GPE

The Hickman


The Hickman is named after a previous occupier of the site, Buck & Hickman, a quality tool maker established in 1830 and the UK’s first major tool manufacturer.

The Hickman in Whitechapel, London E1 is the smartest building in London. The tech-enabled building gives everyone working there access to lifts, office areas, meeting room bookings and office environment controls, via a smart workplace app, sesame™. With seven storeys above the lower ground, and ground levels, the building features 75,280 sq ft of high-quality office space, plus a 5,100 sq ft shared courtyard.

Owned by GPE, the building is on the edge of the City of London, in Zone 1 for easy access including the soon-to-be opened Elizabeth Line within 650 metres and just nine minutes from Liverpool Street station earning the highest public transport accessibility level.

The Hickman Whitechapel London property interior design
picture : Four Communications


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