What we do
Combining our three core specialisms with cross sector experience from a world-class team, we transform businesses through the built environment and enhance the way people work.
This technology-focused confidential global insurance company approached us to design and build their London headquarters in the iconic London skyscraper “The Cheesegrater.” With a vision to create a high performing office environment that carefully considered the needs and wellbeing of their team, we created a human centric design that increased the wellness potential of occupants.
In response to their rapid growth into the UK market, this insurance company acquired space in the prestigious 122 Leadenhall Street. Their new headquarters were to span 8,500 sq ft and their global real estate team went about setting us a brief that prioritised occupant wellbeing, staff experience and ultimately elevate their brand into the UK market.
We formulated a truly unique workplace design that saw the creation of a light and modern outward looking environment that would give visitors a memorable experience, whilst at the same time creating a functional office space that focussed on employee experience, enhancing the company brand image and delivered on wellness objectives to support talent goals.
Our design team meticulously crafted an intelligent floorplan that ensured windows, views and light were maximized for their wellness potential, while also focussing on visual connectivity between work zones, which enhanced cross team collaborations and subliminally created a feeling of trust between different teams within the company.
Work centric zones include pods and phone booths for private work and concentration. While private offices and open collaboration tables are adjacently combined into these zones to deal with impromptu team collaboration requirements.
Work zones have been appointed with subtle and clean materials and colour palettes to infer a sense of calm and quiet into these spaces. While elsewhere throughout the space unexpected materials such as concrete, steel and glass have been used as subtle nod to the company’s industrial heritage including the reception area’s wall of 160 tessellate steel tiles proving a particularly dramatic welcome for staff and visitors alike.
Service areas were moved away from the perimeter glazing to ensure maximum light penetration into work areas, and thus centrally located sits a well-equipped kitchen and casual break out area, where employees can take a break in a more relaxed setting. The overall feel of the space is professional, yet warm and comfortable, with high design standards to reflect the company’s utmost care for their staff.