Bidwells LLP’s ambition was to bring together 175 staff and cater for future growth of up to 300 all under one roof. Bound by the constraints of their existing building and site, the project’s key aim was to improve both client and staff experience. The design also needed to facilitate departmental integration and cross-disciplinary collaboration whilst creating a landmark office which reflects Bidwells’ core values. This resulted in the refurbishment of their current 1,930 sqm building with a new 400 sqm extension.
The office is supported by a varied range of communal facilities on every floor, linked by a new central feature stair. The initial in-depth occupancy analysis allowed us to question the client’s anticipated extension size and associated costs. By varying work settings (for example longterm desking, medium-term collaborative and short-term touchdown settings) we managed to accommodate workplaces for 75% more staff into the building that was extended by only 20% of its original size.
“Bidwells Cambridge HQ re-opened officially after a transformative refurbishment project to create the city’s most agile workspace.” — Julie Archer, Director of people and change, BidwellsView case study