Design & Space Planning
The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes by the National Lottery – that’s over £650 million each year. The client realised that their outdated Birmingham office space could do much more to empower and nurture its busy team, setting us the challenge to transform it into a workplace design that would truly live the organisation’s values and promote its peoples’ wellbeing.
Having previously worked on the Big Lottery Fund’s Glasgow office refit, we had a strong feel for their company culture and everyday workspace needs. Creating a workplace design that was very practical while providing flexibility was also key, as was the need to produce spaces that felt innovative and creative while being mindful of budgets.
Our first major change was to challenge the client’s brief and consider alternative, better ways of utilising the space for its people. The office is spread over three floors, with the original brief to us including kitchen points and breakout areas on all floors. Instead, we proposed a much larger, open-plan ‘community zone’ at the centre of the building on the middle floor for easy access, designed to motivate staff from all floors to migrate to a single point in the building. This space would encourage natural collaboration and become a destination that people desired to spend time in. Elsewhere, new work practices were created through careful planning, with significant consideration given to flexible working, disability access and energy efficient fixtures and fittings.
A collection of fun, playful spaces that promote collaboration, positivity and wellbeing. Through clever use of open-plan workplace design, all the office floors feature a number of breakout areas, ranging from cosy booths and lounge chairs for informal collaboration to more formal meeting and presentation rooms. The large community zone has a light-filled kitchen diner with plenty of room for staff – even during the busy lunch period – encouraging people to leave their desks, catch up with colleagues and take a proper break from their tasks. Natural materials and a variety of textures create spaces that are warm, comfortable and nurturing; bold flashes of colour give meeting spaces an energising, optimistic feel.