Once again we bring you the cream of the cream – in the shape of a selection of the project entries we received for this year’s Mixology awards. The projects, which come from right across the UK, represent the small, medium and large commercial interiors, and the hospitality interior awards. The Mixology judges commented on the fantastic quality of both the entries and the design firms who had entered this year’s project awards. Tell us what you think…
Modus Workspace – Ladbrokes (Main Pic)
LC2 provides a brilliant new home for the Ladbrokes-Coral technical teams, drawing on the heritage of the Olympic Park to create a collaborative, sports-inspired environment. The design works with the strong interior architecture of Here East, retaining the existing services infrastructure.
Gensler – Basecamp
In pursuit of a new London headquarters, Gensler saw a perfect opportunity in Wapping; a chance to take an unseen part of London and transform it into a hub of innovation and creativity. Their temporary home marks the first step in the journey towards a custom-designed permanent space, which will be completed in 2019.
align – Spark44
Located on the 11th and part of the 12th floor of the White Collar Factory, align have created a dynamic, highly-functional and client-sensitive workspace project for global creative agency Spark44 (an agency uniquely dedicated to fulfilling creative projects for Jaguar Land Rover). The project focused on the mantra ‘Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Honest’, and delivered a high-impact colour palette of red, grey, white and black.
Fletcher Priest Architects – The Clubhouse, Bank
The Clubhouse Bank is the new offering from London’s leading business club, providing unique flexible meeting and workspaces. Designed by Fletcher Priest, the material palette references the look and feel of a boutique hotel, while communicating a warm, light interior aesthetic that offers a sense of desirable comfort.
BW:Workplace Experts – Conde Nast International (Pictured)
BW collaborated with MCM Architecture, GDM Partnership and Knight Frank on the fit-out of their new office space in the Adelphi Building on the Strand. This was a groundbreaking project for Conde Nast International as it formed a milestone moving point in the move from print to the digital age.
Whittam Cox Architects – Berkshire House, Reading
Berkshire House, originally constructed in the early 1970’s, has undergone extensive refurbishment and façade replacement, which has brought an entirely new and contemporary visual identity to the entire building. Whittam Cox Architects, CityBlock and Torsion Group delivered a sustainable, premium quality asset, which has provided a market-leading residential offer to students in Reading
Saracen Interiors – Call Credit London
Work for the client involved an intensive period of creativity and development, in the early design stages, to ensure that any space planning and subsequent fit-out activity – right down to the furniture selected and the mix of colours used – supported and honoured the brand.
HLW International – Capital One
Capital One UK (www.capitalone.co.uk) have unveiled a new, state-of-the-art office across two floors in the White Collar Factory in London’s growing tech precinct. To strengthen its presence in London, the new office is a showcase for modern agile working within the fintech industry. Capital One engaged HLW to conduct a full workplace analysis, develop a new and pioneering workplace strategy, design the most cutting-edge and inspiring space to work and deliver it to exceed its employees’ expectations. The results are a workspace that showcases the business whilst creating a fantastic space for employees to work in.
Grimshaw – Yoox Net-A-Porter Tech Hub
The Yoox Net-A-Porter Group Technology Centre interior fit-out celebrates technology, quality design and embraces the inevitability of change. Occupying the former BBC Media Works building at White City Place, the 71,500 sq ft office environment is now home to 580 employees and has firmly placed the company at the forefront of London’s growing tech industry.
TTSP – 5 Savile Row (Pictured)
Located within London’s exclusive Mayfair district, 5 Savile Row provides commercial office space over five floors with a bespoke reception entrance at street level. The reception design weaves together references from fine tailoring traditions, with a contemporary palette of olive ash, tinted cement, bronze metals and limestone.
Goddard Littlefair – The Principal Edinburgh, Charlotte Square
The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square is a luxury, Grade I listed hotel, located within the UNESCO world heritage site of the New Town, Edinburgh. The project included a complete revamp of the hotel’s public spaces, 199 guest rooms, former courtyard space, The Garden, plus BABA – a new Levantine-inspired bar and restaurant.
LOM architecture and design – RocketSpace Tech Campus
The fit-out and restoration of Regents House (formerly a cash handling facility) provides RocketSpace and their high-growth tech start-up business members with flexible working space. Set over four floors, including a former underground bank vault, LOM’s design strips back the building to its original structural core.
Orbit Architects – ESCA
Incorporating an ambitious plan to bring together eight separate organisations within one space, to create a Central London collaborative Hub, Orbit Architects responded sympathetically to the existing architecture of this listed building, using geometric patterns and soft colour palettes accented with playful graphics to create a fun yet professional interior.
BW:Workplace Experts – IG Group
This project not only involved refurbishing IG Group’s building in occupation but also the reduction of their office space. Despite the challenges, BW rose to the occasion. IG Group’s new offices have become a beacon of style and sophistication and enables them to sub-let a percentage of their previously occupied space.
K2 Space – DTRE (Pictured)
K2 tell us that they genuinely loved working with DTRE to create their amazing new London workplace. From the outset, the project team was aligned and committed to creating a space where staff enjoyed working and that clients loved to visit – and they believe that is what they have delivered.
8build – Exponent, 30 Broadwick Street
8build undertook the high specification, luxurious Cat B fit-out for Exponent on Level 6, 30 Broadwick Street. Exponent is a private equity firm who hold substantial stakes in various large companies and were looking to relocate their London headquarters.
Perkins+Will London – The Economist
Perkins+Will’s design for The Economist’s offices started by the team immersing itself in the weekly rhythm of the paper, to understand its essence and its people. They had to ensure that the culture of The Economist was preserved, capitalising on its richness to create transformational workplace fit for today and the future.
Spacelab – ASOS Contact Centre
Spacelab have delivered a workplace for ASOS that redefines the traditional contact centre, embracing both digital technology and agile working. Using their unique spatial analysis tool, Spacelab strategically positioned different types of spaces and circulation routes to increase movement, visibility and collaboration, fully reflecting ASOS’ transparent and collaborative culture.
KSS – One Twenty, Club Wembley
One Twenty is a new exclusive members’ club, within Club Wembley, at England’s National Stadium – delivering a new benchmark in sports hospitality. KSS’ designs provide an experience that has never been seen before, with this ‘Jewel in Club Wembley’s Crown’ – the most in-demand hospitality space at the ‘Home of Football’.
NoChintz – The Daisy (Pictured)
NoChintz transformed an unused basement space in Manchester’s Northern Quarter into a comfortable and luxurious, yet raw and honest, neighbourhood hangout. Now open as a member’s lounge and cocktail bar, the 145 sq m space is a new destination on the Manchester scene.
Modus Workspace – Gravis
Gravis take a long term approach to their investments – their projects offer a human dimension and they wanted to reflect this in their new office environment. The clean, simple aesthetic combines natural finishes with a haptic design approach and has been designed to harmonise with the Gravis corporate re-branding.
Peldon Rose – XTX Markets
The XTX Markets office design is inspired by sci-fi, mathematics and space travel, and sits in the heart of the King’s Cross technology district in building R7. Designed to attract top talent and support their talented people, this futuristic office intrigues the mind – and is simply out of this world.
align – Macquarie London
For Macquarie’s London office, align have created a small suite of inspiring, high performance workplaces that are a consistent representation of their global brand. Comprising a mix of traditional workplaces, collaboration, training and quiet zones, the spaces offer a choice of work locations for this agile organisation.
3Equals1 Design & BEH Interiors – Clarion Housing Group HQ
Working in collaboration with construction contractor BEH Interiors, 3Equals1 Design led on the design of this grown-up classic scheme. Intended to stand the test of time, Clarion Housing’s new head office on the South Bank’s More London gives them a timeless, high quality space, which will be enjoyed for many years to come.
BuckleyGrayYeoman – Fred Perry (Pictured)
BuckleyGrayYeoman were appointed to design the new headquarters of international fashion brand, Fred Perry, in Mount Pleasant, London. The project involved the fit-out of three 19th century warehouse buildings on the corner of Mount Pleasant and Warner Street, creating 26,000 sq ft of offices, showrooms and gallery space.
Unispace – Deliveroo
The design of Deliveroo’s first corporate workhub is critical to the development of a new brand, ensuring its young workforce are fully integrated and can flourish. It is a beautiful space: clean, simple and agile, bringing the Deliveroo team together under one roof for the first time.
HUT – Appold Studios
Launched as part of British Land’s new flexible workspace brand, Storey, this furniture warehouse building, located between Shoreditch and Broadgate, has been refurbished and extended by HUT. A series of shared spaces within and on top of the building are designed for fast-growing businesses and corporate clients in need of creative project space.
Gensler – Adobe London
Adobe’s new playful London office, in the heart of the vibrant Tech City community, signifies the tech giant’s commitment to the future of the UK’s digital economy with an exceptional environment that’s optimally aligned to empower users, while also meeting current and future business needs.
iDEA – RCA, White City
iDEA created a self-sufficient site for all at White City, comprising ‘light’ technical facilities, flexible seminar and lecture facilities and studio and learning spaces. With in-house designed customisable workbenches made from scaffolding and wall graphics from Neville Brody, this really is an RCA home from home.
Oktra – NewDay (Pictured)
NewDay appointed Oktra to design a bold and modern 30,000 sq ft workspace in a magnificent Victorian building. They envisioned a coworking environment that would offer a mixture of formal and informal workspaces. NewDay required a design that would grant more working space to help promote collaboration and communication.
HUT – Ten Health and Fitness, Fitzrovia
Ten Health and Fitness is a newly refurbished Pilates studio and boutique on the quiet and highly sought Great Titchfield Street in Fitzrovia. In keeping with Ten’s distinct brand identity, the studio was sensitively designed to host a plethora of classes and treatments, whilst weaving in a sense of wellness, sustainability and community to the building.
HKS Architects – Elsley House
The new flagship studio for the London office of HKS Architects features flexible, collaborative workspace, with a focus on wellbeing and a fantastic gallery/events space.
MCM – Havas UK
The project involved the consolidation of multi-brand global media and communications company into a single 167,000 sq ft spec building, forming a new HAVAS Village creative hub. MCM designed an agile workspace to provide civil, creative and collision spaces to enhance interaction and collaboration between brands and open plan workspace, with support space, to accommodate 1,600 people.
Scott Brownrigg – Gartner
Collaboration, technology and flexibility are at the core of the exemplary modern design for this new European headquarters for leading research and advisory company, Gartner. Reflecting this status, the design delivers a world-class client suite, bespoke employee training facilities and a stunning multi-functional atrium. An impressive central hub promotes collaboration.
ThirdWay Interiors – Periscopix Merkle (Pictured)
ThirdWay’s design for Merkle’s new London HQ focuses on the importance of staff happiness and wellbeing. It is a new home for Merkle to grow into and thrive within. Staff feel relaxed and can work effectively within the space, as well as feeling a sense of pride in their environment.
AIS Workplace – Arthritis Research UK
With 30 million working days lost yearly as a result of musculoskeletal conditions, Arthritis Research UK sought a workplace design that puts the physical health of their people first. AIS has created a workplace that truly placed the users’ wellbeing at the heart of the design.
Manalo & White with Tala Fustok/Culture in Architecture – The Mandrake Hotel
Rami Fustok, the owner and visionary behind The Mandrake, first fell in love with the central London site in 2012, when he saw the dramatic potential of the space between two empty buildings. Manalo & White worked hand in hand with Mr Fustok over the following five years to realise his dream to create a new type of boutique hotel.
Squire and Partners – The Department Store
The Department Store was a derelict Edwardian retail building, revived as an inspiring workspace for Squire and Partners, which includes event spaces, generous breakout areas and a rooftop restaurant. It’s decayed grandeur reflects The Department Store’s past and current inhabitants by continually celebrating the process of craft and making.
Wylde Interior Architecture Ltd – H3G GBM Reading
Wylde IA were given a £14 per sq ft budget and just six months to refurb the 85,000 sq ft building, with 900 staff in-situ. It seemed impossible, but that was the challenge facing the team – and, thanks to everyone involved, they did it. That’s what we call VFM!
Genlser – Hyundai Capital UK (Pictured)
Existence requires continuous change. For a global business like Hyundai Capital, where growth and evolution define its culture, it was crucial to craft a workplace that reflects its progressive nature, whilst still having the flexibility to unfold with its workforce.
BDG architecture + design – Kobalt
To design and build this great new London home for Kobalt, the BDG team needed to translate the client’s evolving and growing teams’ requirements into a showcase headquarters. Creating a space that marries their creative and technical teams has been key to the concept for the space. Taking Kobalt’s brand values of ‘honest, simple and humble’, the new office gives everyone fantastic opportunities – from grass roots to superstar.
Stylise Design Studio – Lindeth Howe Hotel
Stylise Design Studio transformed the world-famous Beatrix Potter’s former home, Lindeth Howe Hotel, nestled on a hillside overlooking Lake Windermere. The former swimming pool has been transformed into a tea room, along with an updated bar, lounge bar and guest lounge, with unique features throughout, designed and installed by the team.
MCM – NFL International
American football has been growing massively in the UK for the last 10 years. The primary function of the NFL’s new space is to reflect the massively successful NFL brand – the largest sports franchise in the world. MCM’s concept creates an immersive, amazing experience.
Space & Solutions – Ipreo
This project features an inspiring, quirky, yet multi-functional reception, breakout and workspaces. This has been achieved by utilising the industrial aspect of the space, a striking reception desk and feature lighting to highlight key areas.
HLW International – Which? (Pictured)
Which? is a diverse organisation with a consumer-first culture. The previous space was outdated and the business decided to refresh the building to help recruit and attract top talent, plus ensure it would accommodate the increase in numbers. The new workspace was designed to reinforce and grow a dynamic and creative culture, improving work flows, organisation effectiveness and also to break down silos.
MDC Group – Acxiom Corporation
MDC Group were commissioned to complete an office fit-out in 72-hours. The scope of work on this fast-track project included the relocation of a breakout area, installation of fixed and glass partitioning, new furniture, lighting, network and power cabling (IT), new floor finishes and plumbing works – all completed to an incredibly high standard.
Perkins+Will London – Deloitte Birmingham
This project represents the next generation Deloitte office. It is the first of its kind for the company, with a full activity work based programme, an increased range of work settings and a complete shift away from a hierarchical-based office environment.
BDG architecture + design – Finsbury
The design of this new workplace offers Finsbury a contemporary feel that reflects their brand and business strategy going forward, whilst also making reference to the iconic Grade II listed building, The Adelphi Building.
Michael Laird Architects – Cirrus Logic (Pictured)
Cirrus Logic is an exciting mix of workplace and test lab areas in a new brand environment over six floors in Edinburgh’s Quartermile 4. This truly collaborative, international project combined the creativity, energy and expertise of some great people from all over the UK and Texas. The team have created a variety of highly functional, flexible and intensely inspirational spaces, lab areas and workplace settings for approximately 600 of Cirrus Logic’s Edinburgh team.
Thirdway Interiors – Chiswick Park
ThirdWay’s ‘plug and play’ office bridges the gap in the commercial market between conventional office lettings and coworking – a new sector they call Cat A+. Ready-to-use right down to AV and data setup, Cat A+ spaces allow landlords to market immediately available, unbranded offices to potential tenants.
Keane Brands – Gabeto
This bar/restaurant experience is a product of its environment – it doesn’t alienate locals and doesn’t turn away future trends. Bold music, big artwork, mood lighting, drinks, fun and a striking restaurant on the 1st floor for intimate dining, this is a beautiful new space for weekend revellers and live music events.
IA Interior Architects – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Erskine
Conceived as a hub of activity, the facility’s purpose is to improve staff relationships and provide a space of refuge away from the workstation. The finishes are warm, welcoming and provide reference to the building’s industrial past. Cantilevered elements create views from above and below, while providing comfortable seating within.