Based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, TNL Community Fund (previously known as 'The Big Lottery Fund') is a public body that distributes money accumulated through the National Lottery to fund grants that are given to organisations around the country to improve communities. In 2017, the fund awarded over £500 million to projects – their guiding principle being to make informed choices about where to distribute the money they receive.
The TNL Community Fund has been based at St James' Gatesince 2006, looking after the assessment of funding applications. The space initially featured a mix of workstations, meeting rooms and breakout spaces, however, as more employees joined, the number of informal meeting areas had to be reduced to cater for the expanded workforce.
Due to this, the organisation decided that their office needed a refurbishment to increase the type of casual space that its employees need. Before agreeing to undertake a new office design, they were located across the fifth, sixth and seventh floors – the decision to move to a more agile way of working meant that they could condense their operation down to floors five and six, saving them on rental costs.
Being a government department, TNL Community Fund wererequired to open a tendering process for this project and we are delighted tosay that through our expertise and vision, our competitively costed solutionwon the bid.
The Office Refurbishment Brief.
The brief given to us by the organisation was to condensethe floorplate, which was a result of switching from designated desks to agile working.