Cre8ing an office that is more than just a workplace

An office can communicate a lot about a company – to its staff, clients and other stakeholders so a carefully considered interior design is vital. Our new office, which the majority of the team are now working from, also doubles up as a place to showcase our work making it even more important for us to strike the right tone with the design.

Working with our partner company, Washroom Washroom, we’ve fitted out our fair share of high spec offices over the years so when it came to refreshing our own office facilities, we took elements from our favourite projects and applied them to our design.

A warm reception

The reception area is typically the first place that clients, customers and staff will visit so making sure it creates the right first impression is a must. We were fortunate to be able to recycle and make use of a reception desk which we’d originally created for a client as part of a previous refurbishment a few years ago. The desk was manufactured by our team for the original project, using Corian solid surface in a crisp white colour, which was also moulded to create the unique reeded appearance and is highlighted with the inset LED lighting.

We also designed and installed two panelled feature walls as part of the reception area. The RIVA real wood ribbed panels, which are manufactured by HTS in Germany, create a unique textured finish which mirrors the reeded style reception desk – making it the perfect backdrop behind the desk. On the opposite wall, we installed angled full height wall panels with semi-circular 3D overlays to add interest as well as texture. The deep blue colour perfectly complements the blue Kvadrat fabric bench seating in the visitor waiting area and tones in with the colour scheme of the washrooms to bring the different aspects of the design together.

Collaboration, co-operation and coffee

If there’s one thing we’ve all learnt from the last 18 months of working remotely from home and attending virtual meetings, it’s that the importance of a quick chat or informal meeting in real life shouldn’t be underestimated as a way of solving something quickly or brainstorming ideas. So, as well as the traditional desk layout and private meeting rooms we also incorporated breakout areas and spaces for short informal meetings, using materials and fabrics to match the new reception area for a cohesive design.

And of course, an office wouldn’t be complete without tea and coffee facilities too. We created plenty of facilities within the office itself along with a designated kitchen area for staff use.

Sleek and stylish washrooms

Our partner company, Washroom Washroom, designed and installed two bespoke new washroom areas. Washroom’s popular Alto full height toilet cubicle, installed in the same blue Fenix laminate and woodgrain effect laminate used in the reception, was the obvious choice as its floor to ceiling construction ensures complete privacy while the flush fronted design creates an attractive seamless façade. Read more about the new washroom design here.

While things may be different to how we’d imagined at the moment, the flexibility of our new workspace design allowed us to quickly put numerous measures in place so that we’re fully compliant with all the latest government guidelines – ensuring our staff can work safely from the office if they feel comfortable to do so.

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