Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services. It was established in December 2003 and inherited the duties that had previously been the responsibility of five regulatory bodies. Its inaugural chief executive was Stephen Carter, formerly a senior executive of JWT UK and currently Principal Special Adviser to the Prime Minister's Office.
From the start, Ofcom's intention was to operate in an open and accountable manner, and to be receptive to public and industry comments. The new offices were to integrate the constituent groups and to manifest the organisation as a lively, dynamic and effective public body with a distinct personality. The project was completed within eight months from appointment through to completion and the success of the project was such that we were subsequently appointed to design complementary interiors for Ofcom's regional headquarters around the UK.
"May I congratulate the team on the success of the move to Riverside House. The fit-out is first rate, and gives a real sense of how Ofcom will be. And the smooth way in which we have been able to move in and get working almost immediately reflects an enormous amount of planning effort."
Lord Currie, Chairman, Ofcom
RIBA Sector Review December 2005
Design Week April 2003