A decade of government austerity: The need to improve efficiency and rethink the public estate, has created a requirement for agile workplaces with reduced asset costs for civic organisations. Combined with the demise of town centre high streets as retail destinations towns like Northampton were in desperate need of regeneration. We worked with Lendlease, as joint client adviser, on the redevelopment of a derelict town centre site into a multiple award-winning HQ for 3,000 employees. Reducing from 12 offices into a single location One Angel Square became the catalyst for Northampton’s 5 Northampton Alive regeneration projects. You can find out more here.
Agility goes mainstream: With cost and time at a premium, we were invited to work for Westminster City Council, as part of the Faithful+Gould client team, on the radical refurbishment of the 22-storey 1960’s Westminster City Hall. Providing design oversight and technical support on this complex multi-million construction project, the building was successfully completed in 2019 with the client overjoyed by their new workplace, having moved back into only half of the area they previously occupied, due to considered reorganising of internal areas increasing the usable space by 30%. For more on this project click here.
Looking to the future: This year we have the implementation of Redbridge Council’s community hubs program to develop, the start on site of Crawley Councils new Civic HQ, a major refurbishment of multi-tenanted office space in Cheltenham and continued work with an intergovernmental scientific organisation to enjoy. In this next decade, we can’t wait to help and guide many more clients through the idea-brief-design-and-build process – generating exceptional places and sustainable results.