The London headquarters of EMI Music Publishing and Mute Records are moving house.

In mid-September, EMI Publishing will move from its long-time offices on Charing Cross Road to EMI Group's Wrights Lane premises.

An EMI insider says the decision was made long before equity house Terra Firma stepped in to acquire EMI Group.

The source adds, "the office at CCR needed big renovation anyway and there was always the threat that they'd have to leave because of the Crossrail project. So when space became available at Wrights Lane, it made sense for them to take the whole of the second floor there."

The publishing giant's U.K. affiliate counts 111 staff.

Separately, Mute Records' staff today began work for the first time out of EMI's Brook Green offices, having left its base in Harrow Road, west London, last Friday.

Mute has operated from a separate site since EMI agreed to buy the label from its founder Daniel Miller in May 2002, in a deal worth £42 million ($60.8 million), including performance-related payments.

"It's just a physical move. Nothing has changed," says a Mute staffer.

Mute's roster includes Depeche Mode, Moby, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Richard Hawley.