It’s easy for us at Mix HQ to get carried away and assume everyone is familiar with Mixology. If you are one of those that isn’t, here’s a summary of the event we held in London on the 22nd June; now some 12 years old, the awards are divided broadly into People, Projects and Places. The constituent parts of the night are; the awards, the party and the networking fest – and we give measured thought and planning to ensure our guests get just what they are looking for.
Whilst we never take anything for granted, we are pleased that we regularly get over 90% ‘happy’ ratings from our guests. In addition, this year we were also awarded the best event by independent panel of judges compared with every other business award in the UK.
Whilst winning is great, without the quality and number of entries, any awards can lack integrity. We therefore do our best to encourage entries in all categories, and particularly in the ones that pay all our bills – the client schemes.
We feature all 53 projects that were entered into the Mixology awards this year. They cover five project areas: commercial office large, medium and small, as well as hospitality and public sector.
From the UK’s leading practices and many organisations that support those firms, this month’s Spotlight represents some of the best work of the last 12 months – and, frankly, world-class designs. Furthermore, this month’s Big Question (page 30) contentiously asks about the future of the workplace and, more pertinently, the future of the desk – if it even has one?
HLW International – Booking.com, Monument
The scheme celebrates London’s history and hidden world through one of it’s main and most iconic global arteries, the London Underground. A network of colours were used to incorporate this through the colours and materiality. Graphics were used to celebrate travel and to create a journey through the space. The HLW design team utilised unconventional materials and bright colour applications in order to bring variation and texture.
align with Studio Juice & Dick Bird – Omeara London
Omeara London is an intimate new gig venue and bar situated within a railway viaduct in London’s Bankside area. The 350-capacity venue is the brainchild of Ben Lovett from Mumford and Sons and includes the bar, event space and new-build courtyard block with roof terrace.
NoChintz – Lews Castle by Natural Retreats
NoChintz have been working with Natural Retreats to bring the unique Lews Castle back to life as a notable hospitality destination. With fabrics woven on the island, British and Scandinavian furniture brands were paired to deliver a contemporary yet appropriate vision for this Scottish castle.
Cushman & Wakefield Interior Design – Aptos
Following the acquisition of an existing UK company, Aptos required expansion and relocation to form a new EMEA UK headquarters at the prosperous Marlow International Business Park. The Aptos space required a considered design, with an open and edgy feel, met by strict attention to detail and construction techniques.
Area – Reward Gateway
Reward Gateway’s new London headquarters is the perfect representation of a forward-thinking, well designed workplace. Housing 85 employees, the flexible and agile model works in tandem with the versatile space, supporting the mobile workforce in a way that maximises the square footage and promotes a sense of organisational energy.
Spatial Office Environments – Camira Showroom, Clerkenwell
This is Camira’s stunning new showspace in the heart of Clerkenwell. The flagship showroom is a beautiful, relaxing environment, thoughtfully designed to bring Camira’s fabrics to life through a carefully choreographed display of colour and texture.
Scott Brownrigg – Park Plaza, Nuremberg
This beautiful hotel boats interiors inspired by Nuremberg’s famous citizens Albrecht Dürer and Martin Behaim. Modern tones of pink, gold, purple and grey hues, combined with geometric shapes, light features, ceilings, furniture, artwork and sculptures combine to create a relaxed, luxurious atmosphere, which respects the history of this 1930’s building.
HXR Special Projects – Bucks Music Group
HXR designed the new offices for Bucks Music Group. Reused shipping containers formed the building and demonstrated a green and suitable building solution. Design and detailing embraced the shipping containers industrilaism, material and form to produce a working environment reflective of the company’s music biz ties and progressive image.
KKS – BW, London
BW’s vision was to create a showpiece as a leading interior fit-out contractor. St Paul’s proximity helped KKS style the interiors, along with a social gathering space at the workspace’s heart. Attention to an integrated design statement upon arrival, with exquisite attention to detail and community spirit, are at the heart of the scheme and BW’s culture.
Rhino Interiors Group – Marel
Whilst carefully aligning to corporate guidelines, Rhino Interiors Group produced an interior to reflect Marel’s Icelandic background and the quality of the technologically advanced equipment they manufacture, whilst delivering both high-quality finishes and excellent customer service. The result is a unique and inspiring workplace – all in seven weeks.
Spatial Office Environments – Premier Group, Reading
Premier Group, Reading is the perfect example of how to boost staff productivity through the environment. This is a stunning, high-calibre office space that has been meticulously designed to maximise staff morale, retention and productivity in the hectic, fast paced world of recruitment.
Scott Brownrigg Interior Group – Craigewan
Craigewan’s new office was designed to reflect this newly established high-end residential property developer’s vision of creating remarkable places. Occupying five floors, including two outdoor terraces, the result is a series of elegant, beautifully detailed and highly functional spaces.
Interaction – The Castle (money.co.uk)
Interaction has created the ultimate workplace for money.co.uk in Cirencester. This is a space where you can sneak through a secret door in a bookcase, put your feet up in a ski chalet, traipse through an ice cave, battle against suits of armour and experience a cinema in a galaxy far far away…
Skansen Group – Kambi: The Sports Betting Company
Skansen’s innovative and vibrant design and build scheme reflected the image of Kambi Sports and integrated seamlessly into the existing CAT A fit-out, which has a modern, bright feel with exposed services. Skansen met and exceeded the business needs and aspirations of the client.
Saracen Interiors – Audatex
Saracen Interiors designed and delivered a full fit-out for Audatex, translating this global leader’s brief to deliver showcase offices for the purposes of welcoming and hosting visitors, as well as providing a more agile, open plan work environment for all employees.
Woodalls Design – BTS
Woodalls created a unique office space for BTS that excites the eye and inspires the mind. Every turn of a corridor reveals something new to draw people through the office. This new space has been transforming for BTS and was a delight for Woodalls to bring to fruition.
BDG architecture + design – Maxus
This space offers touches of fun and the unexpected, in a refined and dynamic setting. Designed first and foremost for people, this workplace exists for those who work in it. It’s a way of releasing them to do their very best work in dynamic, beautiful and occasionally playful surroundings.
HLW International – Sky, Thomas More Square
Sky tasked HLW with transforming two floors in a Cat A refurbished building in Thomas More Square so that it would support their staff by creating an efficient and collaborative environment in which to work. The project programme was extremely fast paced due to the client’s end of lease date. Costs needed to be kept low, so the design team used innovative methods to ensure a vibrant and flexible office was created within budget.
BuckleyGrayYeoman – The Bloomsbury Building
BuckleyGrayYeoman completed a Category B fit-out for The Office Group – the leading flexible workspace providers. The Group wanted a variety of spaces, both co-working and private offices of various sizes, with shared communal spaces for work and socialising.
5plus architects – AstraZeneca, Academy House, Cambridge
Academy House is a 30,000 sq ft fit-out of AstraZeneca’s head office in Cambridge. The concept, spun from atomic structure, reflects the business’ aspiration to enhance connectivity between its people and places globally. The design promotes AstraZeneca’s activity-based working principles, encouraging informal, chance meetings and offering a very high level of workplace flexibility.
Cushman & Wakefield Interior Design – Clear Channel, Golden Square
The full refurbishment of Clear Channel’s London office was undertaken to generate a modern media space reflective of their brands and continued transformation into the leading player in digital out of home (DOOH), creating the opportunity for greater collaboration, flexibility and agility. The technologically enabled and client focused space allows Clear Channel to demonstrate their products through state-of-the-art presentation facilities.
Claremont – Shoosmiths, Thames Valley
Claremont has created a dynamic agile environment for Shoosmiths. The new Thames Valley office reflects the growing impetus for legal firms to embrace business agility and the power of purposefully designed flexible workspaces in the search for improved productivity, greater efficiency and recruitment gains.
Morgan Lovell – Costa Coffee
This unique project demonstrated strong collaboration between design and function. The beautifully designed BREEAM outstanding scheme provides Costa Coffee with an environment to further enhance its global brand. Flexible, carefully planned spaces were implemented to focus on enhancing productivity and user experience.
HLW International – Lendlease, Elephant Park
LendLease are helping to regenerate the Elephant & Castle area by developing Elephant Park – a new mixed-use site that aims to be Central London’s ‘greenest new place to live’. HLW’s challenge was to design an on-site space that could bring together the Lendlease development staff, construction staff, contractor offices and operative welfare for the entire project, under one roof, for the first time. Keeping costs low whilst delivering in a very short timeframe added an extra layer to the project and pushed the design team to produce innovative, creative solutions.
Create Interior Design – Ascential PLC
The client’s vision was clear from the start –
to create the best events company, bar none. Growth and talent attraction were key drivers to achieving this goal. The workplace design played a key part; delivering a functional, attractive and flexible space within an incredibly tight programme was paramount.
BDP – Boxpark, Croydon
Boxpark Croydon is the second project for Boxpark, the brainchild of CEO Roger Wade. Building on the success of the Boxpark Shoreditch scheme, Boxpark Croydon takes the brand thinking a stage further to create a unique street food, restaurant and event venue formed entirely out of upcycled shipping containers.
HLW International – Alzheimer’s Society
HLW has designed a workplace for the Alzheimer’s Society that fully supports their working methods whilst also opening up new options for their future business. Agile working has enabled a change in the culture and the way they work, and has been a seamless process. The HLW team worked closely with the company in order to ensure that the scheme was dementia-friendly and would actively help those affected by diseases such as Alzheimer’s when they are navigating and using the space. The overall result was that of a contemporary and very functional office space.
WATG – Goodwin, London
The design for Goodwin’s new London HQ at 100 Cheapside draws on a muted palette of limestone, walnut and bronze anodised aluminium, and applies them to a hybrid cellular/open plan layout that breaks the perimeter office line at points to create pocket ‘neighbourhoods’, enabling daylight to penetrate into the floorplate.
HLW International – Lendlease International Quarter, Stratford
Lendlease’s full site consists of 22 acres, so in order to manage such a large scale project, the client needed an office on site that would last approximately 10 years and support a large number of activities and different groups, from site workers and contractors to hosting prospective clients. HLW has created a sustainable space that conveys the Lendlease brand, is highly welcoming and efficient, whilst also keeping to a strict budget.
TTSP – St Helens Tower
When Aviva chose to transform their business to make it fit for the digital age, what better place to start than its London headquarters, with a vibrant TTSP design that makes an iconic 60’s tower once again ‘sing’ in its urban context and delivers stunning interior spaces and amenities?
Woodalls Design – Dods
Dods is a historic Parliamentary Affairs business that sought new space for its team. Woodalls created an amazing new office on the 11th floor of The Shard, complete with a winter garden, a grand central walkway (meeting area), an enlarged coffee area and eye-watering meeting rooms.
Morgan Lovell – AMC Networks
AMC Networks wanted to create an inspirational London HQ for staff and clients. The project included audio and edit suites, a cinema, varied meeting facilities and a new staircase, which connects the floors. The aim was a highly collaborative, truly welcoming space to house the brand for years to come.
Office Principles – Exterion Media
Office Principles completed a stunning office design and fit-out for Exterion Media, London. An agile working strategy was implemented to improve workplace efficiency and employee productivity. Exterion Media achieved SKA Gold on the fit-out and has become an employee of choice, whilst realising huge cost savings.
AECOM – National Grid, 35 Homer Road
A deconstructed start-up design concept was created; a stripping back of the ‘corporate-ness’ of National Grid sites nationally. The space was imagined around the vitality and energy of the city experience, referencing how connected National Grid is with society and how the business carefully husbands energy security for the nation.
HASSELL – Sky Central Workplace
This vast workplace unites more than 3,500 people across three levels and is one of the UK’s largest flexible workplaces. The HASSELL team worked with Sky to develop a highly flexible, connected space that is both energetic and surprising, yet simple, intuitive and people-centric.
Gensler – Microsoft London
In a move to consolidate its offices across London, Microsoft decided to move several of its business groups to this new office location in Paddington. Having worked on numerous Microsoft workplaces globally, the client partnered with Gensler to craft a vibrant and creative space, bringing HoloLens, SwiftKey, Xbox, Lift London, Bing and many other groups together under one roof.
Arney Fender Katsalidis – Deloitte, Toronto
Deloitte’s Toronto headquarters was developed as an extension of the firm’s business tools, enhancing connectivity and the exchange of ideas. Specially developed work settings provide choices for people to work in a space that is uniquely and thoughtfully Deloitte-branded through materiality and form.
ID:SR Sheppard Robson – Arcadia Group Headquarters
Arcadia’s vision was to fully transform a tired 1980’s office building into a fun, connected and inspiring workplace to support their brands and people’s day-to-day activities through the next generation.
KKS – Land Securities
Relocation to Victoria reinforced Land Securities’ commitment to regeneration. KKS created a collaborative and innovative environment, transforming a conservative silo company from eight levels to one space for 470 people. This truly agile solution allows creativity and engagement.
HLW International – Booking.com, Amsterdam
HLW helped Booking.com move multiple teams from seven different buildings in Amsterdam into a single consolidated space. The history of Amsterdam was woven into the design and a diverse scheme was created that gave unique personality to every room and floor. The HLW team paid close attention to ensuring that wayfinding tools were integrated throughout to assist the navigation of the many visitors the office receives.
LOM architecture and design – 184 Shepherd’s Bush Road
Customer science company dunnhumby’s new HQ was delivered by LOM architecture and design. The conversion of a Grade II listed former car showroom blends early 20th century gentility with modern day working practices for dunnhumby’s 1,250 London-based, data-savvy staff and is a destination for the company’s prestigious clients.
Gerflor – Highgate School, London
When Highgate School in North London carried out a refurbishment, it insisted on modern detail throughout, whilst remembering the school’s past. The design of the flooring needed to support studying in a host of areas. The school chose Gerflor’s award-winning Creation 70 LVT to deliver the look and feel.
tp bennett – UBS, 5 Broadgate
Totalling 700,000 sq ft across 12 floors, 5 Broadgate is London’s biggest groundscraper and the city’s most ambitious blueprint for progressive working practices within what is a traditionally conservative banking industry. The design incorporates flexibility, wellbeing of employees and the fusion of work and lifestyles.
Space Zero – Holywell Learning Campus
Holywell Learning Campus is a showcase of considered, methodical design principles, strategically delivered to result in enhanced experiences for its learners and educators. One of the key projects in Wales, demonstrating exemplary performance of BIM, the project has generated new jobs and created a sustainable community environment.
MCM Architecture – The Estée Lauder Companies
As a family-founded business, the vision for the new headquarters for The Estée Lauder Companies centred around the themes of family, home and community to support collaboration, agility, creativity and innovation. It was crucial that this was reflected in the design of One Fitzroy.
iDEA – OGA & Ofwat
Both organisations wanted to support staff with maximum flexibility to enable them to take control of their work environment and have a choice of work settings to best suit their needs. Working to an extremely tight budget, iDEA has created a vibrant and thriving workspace.
KSS – Anfield Main Stand
KSS’ designs for the new Main Stand at Anfield celebrate Liverpool FC fans and their unique passion for the club and city. The redevelopment has propelled the club into the 21st century, setting the benchmark for a new stadium experience.
BDP – Oldham Town Hall
Oldham Town Hall is a landmark Grade II listed building situated on a steeply sloping site in Oldham Town Centre Conservation Area. BDP’s design unlocks the potential for the adaptive re-use of the former Town Hall building and reinstates it at the heart of a wider town centre regeneration within a revitalised Cultural Quarter.
CDS Wilman – Harry Ramsden Restaurant & Bar
The brief was to create a new flagship location for a 21st century Harry Ramsden restaurant within the framework of an iconic Grade I listed building. It was CDS Wilman’s aim to create an experience that not only captures the essence of what makes Blackpool Tower unique, but also enhances the overall visitor experience.
Koncept ID – Novotel, Canary Wharf
Novotel Canary Wharf is a 39-storey new build hotel that boasts 313 rooms and 26 individually designed suites. Taking its inspiration from the history of the port’s rich heritage, the scheme uses authentic materials, patterns and textures from the produce once imported. Industrial past into the present, with a few surprises.
HLW International – Sky, Brick Lane
Sky wanted a dynamic and stimulating space to attract and retain technology engineers and developers. HLW renovated a former clothes factory from shell and core, creating a unique workplace that celebrates the raw and authentic architectural layers of the building. A variety of atmospheres were created for different working tasks.
AECOM – AECOM, Aldgate Tower
This project was always about more than the building itself. It was also about using design as a catalyst for innovation, collaboration and growth, transforming the way AECOM works and redefining its culture. It reflects AECOM’s strength in creating, delivering and building inspiring places to live, work and play.
KKS – Silvergate Media
Think Mad Men with a twist! KKS’ client was focused on creating a unique environment to support his start-up businesses in fashion and media. KKS created a special space unlike anything it has designed before – dark colours, integrated art and 50’s furnishings combine with texture, colour and diversity.