Our 'Active Solution'
Over a 10-month period (which also included a lengthy planning and approval process), we created several designs for the new head office. This included detailed space plans, together with 2-D and 3-D concepts of the new layout – providing the company with an insight into what their requirements look like from different perspectives. The key element of the office design brief we were given was to ensure that space efficiency was maximised by incorporating floor-to-wall storage and centralising shared amenities (such as bins and printers, etc).
To aid the concentration of employees, the introduction of zoned workspaces to the design would help to control noise levels. The use of glazed partitioning meant that whilst areas were physically separated, there was still visibility throughout the office, making it feel open and collaborative.
Following the design process, we completed a new desk installation and staff reconfiguration – the first phase of which included the refurbishment, fit-out, furniture supply and installation of all IT infrastructure over a single weekend to minimise disruption.
To create that modern, yet natural look that the company were seeking for their staff, we chose a colour palette consisting of white and green, with oak elements. When included alongside the installation of plants and other biophilic elements, this meant that employees could still feel connected to the outside. To aid the wellbeing aspect further, we introduced sit-standdesks throughout the space to encourage movement and allow staff the opportunity to choose how they would like to work.
Once the office refurbishment was complete, we stayed on to help relocate all staff (and their equipment!) into the new space, getting them set up to tackle business on the Monday morning.
“I just wanted to say that it was an absolute pleasure working with the Active team - they were terrific, incredibly organised, quick, accurate, helpful and polite. A real joy. It has made what could have been an extremely arduous and difficult job, very slick and 'seamless' as the MD said to me the other day! We have had excellent feedback."
- Client feedback for this office design project.