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Astellas UK

Drees & Sommer UK was appointed by Astellas to lead the repositioning of the company’s new 10,000m² EMEA headquarters and UK country office. Astellas acquired the freehold of the iconic building, designed by Foster + Partners, and appointed Drees & Sommer to manage the redesign, refurbishment and relocation to the premises.

Our experts were astute in safeguarding the budget, which was set at the inception of the project. On acquisition the client discovered the dormant central plant was in poor condition. The unforeseen cost of replacing the central plant put considerable pressure on the budget. Drees & Sommer responded with a rigorous value engineering exercise that addressed MEP installations, building fabric and interior fitout specifications.

The result was the delivery of an exceptional new office ­on schedule and within budget. The new premises enthused the company’s staff and helped propel Astellas into the top division of global Pharma companies. Drees & Sommer UK are proud this project was awarded ‘Best Fit-out for Workplace’ by the British Council for Offices – an accolade that recognised the tremendous work our team undertook on this prestigious project.

Project data




Perkins & Will


10,000 m²

Project duration:

18 months

Individual services

  • Facility Management Consulting
  • Project Management
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Real Estate Consulting
  • UX Change Management

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