CMS, Cannon Place

Cannon Place, London, UK

Brave design for legal offices that changes the traditional structure of legal offices to an open-plan innovative environment tailored to their clients needs and personal service.

Set above Cannon Street station, this award winning project set out to challenge the traditional legal workplace.

Appointed for the Building Services, Fire and BREEAM Assessment, we worked with MCM Architecture and KKS Strategy to design a client centric environment within a collaborative open-plan workspace.

This project was a relocation and consolidation for CMS, moving from dated offices across seven floors to three larger floors at Cannon Place. The change of structure to a larger floor plate proved a more effective layout providing 15% more lawyers than their previous premises.

Although the design concentrates on an open plan environment, clever cellularisation enables private working which encompasses all the specific needs of their employees, featuring seamless technology via a fully wireless network infrastructure and a feature staircase connects the amenity spaces to the open-plan legal floors.

This project achieved a BREEAM 'Very Good' rating.


London, UK


Commercial fit out


17,652 m2

Our Role

Due Diligence/ Basebuild Monitoring/ MEP Consultant/ Environmental Consultant


Conversion of 800 lawyers currently in cellular offices to open plan environment


Integrated multi device technologies


Agile working


Feature staircase




MCM Architecture/ KKS Strategy

Project Manager


Cost Consultant

Gardiner & Theobald

Main Contractor


Winner of BCO Regional Award for London & South East 'Fit-Out of Workplace' category 2016

CMS, Cannon Place

“It is an honour for our new London HQ at Cannon Place to be recognised by the BCO as an outstanding workplace against nine other fantastic offices in London and the South East. We worked hard to make our Cannon Place HQ work well for our clients and our employees for now and the next 20 years. The stunning design, how the space reflects our brand and is integrated with state-of-the-art technology and works so well for our clients and employees, were noted by the judges.”.

Duncan Weston, CMS' Managing Partner