Back-to-the-office Improvements

To test our own approach to workplace design in times of pandemic, we undertook a short and focussed pro-bono workplace consultation for national homeless charity Crisis Skylight in Brent.

By re-zoning the existing space and subtly altering the flow through the building to minimise mixing of building users, we were able to find Covid-compliant arrangements allowing the charity to continue their work with vulnerable people with hardly any loss of staff workspaces and with reduced transmission risk.

In fact, we used Covid as a tool to provide a new perspective for improvements such as creating space by de-cluttering, unblocking circulation by consolidating storage, creating zoom booths for new remote services, adapting existing rooms for multiple scenarios with flexible furniture.

“We really appreciate your work. It will make a real difference to us”, Atara Fridler, Crisis Skylight Director. Our tailored back-to-work report has given the client a handy and professional guide allowing them to implement changes entirely at their own pace and in phases suited to their own organisation.

Discover more of our workplace projects.

Festival House co-working collaboration

As lead interior designers for Festival House, we complemented our sister company Cartwright Pickard’s radical refurbishment of this 80’s building, to create a new desirable destination of contemporary co-working and serviced offices in Cheltenham.

Collaboration and phasing was key to successfully meeting the tight time and cost constraints as the building was part-occupied during extensive construction that included upwards extension and upgrading of MEP services.

We developed the full interior design, from colour and material palette, bespoke joinery design, furniture selection and scheduling to wayfinding and signage in parallel with the base-build.

Being involved from the start enabled us to liaise with architectural visualisers for early marketing material as well as fully coordinate technical items such as exposed ceilings, office acoustics and kitchens.

Progressing modern ways of working

With construction on site in full swing, we are currently assisting Crawley Borough Council with preparations for the occupation of their own space within the new civic office. Our fittings and furniture selection is designed to enable organisational transformation through modern ways of working whilst reflecting the client’s unique identity.

The BREEAM rated and highly flexible office building was designed by our sister company, Cartwright Pickard, with Kier as main contractor. Crawley Borough Council’s “Regenerating Crawley” is seeing their 1950’s town hall and council office replaced by 182 new homes and a nine-storey office building on the same plot.

We’ve been client advisers to the council on their civic office within this wider commercial development since the beginning when we first wrote the brief. We are continuing to provide workplace consultancy, technical assistance and monitoring the design, ensuring the brief and employer’s requirements are met by the design team.

You can read more about our involvement in this project here. See a time-lapse video here.

Taking client advisory to Europe

Having assisted this intergovernmental science organisation with the development of their UK HQ for the past seven years, our remit has expanded to include their new European office as well.  This includes the added challenge of achieving a comparable level of quality for the two very different UK and European projects.

We have been alongside the client on their journey towards a modern collaborative work environment for their expanding workforce from business strategy, brief writing, site negotiations through to consultant selection and technical advisory during the design development.

This world-leading centre’s 1979 purpose-built facility – originally built for 155 staff – is now bursting at the seams with 360 staff from more than 30 countries. As the building is reaching the end of its useful life and further expansion on the way, we were asked to develop tailor-made workplace practices for this client to be applied to any possible office options.

With two building offers now on the table, we continue to help with negotiations, scrutinising against the intended client’s requirements as proposals are evolving.