The 2016 Mixology Awards were launched in January this year and part of our encouragement to enter was a promise of raising the profile of all those that ‘put pen to paper’.
This year saw more entries for Project of the Year than we have had in the 11-year history of the awards. True to our promise, over the next dozen or so pages we will feature all the small, medium and large schemes from our project of the year categories. Our focus, as ever, has been on the client – but we have also given due credit to the firm that carried out the design work.
We are sure you will agree that we have a wonderful variety on display and terrific examples of, let’s face it, what this industry is all about.
Lily’s Kitchen, Fabric Interior Design + Architecture
Sq ft: 4,300
Every inch of the design for Lily’s Kitchen embodies their brand and values. Fabric exposed a beautiful roof structure and incorporated a playful organic colour palette throughout the scheme. This space has been transformed into what is 100% Lily’s Kitchen and no-one can argue with that!
Bull Products, Rhino Interiors Group
Sq ft: 4,000
In order to help Bull Products grow and inspire their staff to live and breathe corporate aspirations, Rhino Interiors Group created a unique and intelligent workspace using responsibly selected products from sustainable sources to strengthen the Bull Products’ brand, as an innovative and expert manufacturer and importer of safety equipment.
Wipro Digital, M Moser Associates
Sq ft: 6,000
M Moser Associates and Wipro Digital have created a workplace that enables the collaboration and forward thinking that is so essential to the success of a company in the technology sector. As well as being visually striking, the space is also extremely functional and practical.
Farr Vintners, Grey Interiors
Sq ft: 10,000
Grey focused on every detail to ensure the design, form and function met every element of their clients brief. ‘Grey gave us confidence all the way. Then made the journey a pleasure and most importantly delivered!’ Farr Vintners enthused.
Thames Clippers, HXR
Sq ft: 4,884
HXR designed new quay side headquarters for Thames Clippers. Reused shipping containers formed a green and sustainable building solution. Design and detailing embraced the shipping containers’ industrialism, material and form to produce a communicative environment, that is loved by staff and enhances the ability to attract future investment.
The Water Studio, IAM
Sq ft: 2,820
An inspiring brand showcase and experience, offering a creative sanctuary and knowledge resource that connects Hansgrohe with the international architect and design community.
Blippar, Fabric Interior Design + Architecture
Sq ft: 8,000
A standard space enhanced and brought to life through clever use of space and engaging finishes whilst meeting the budget, supporting the way Blippar work and exceeding their aspirations for the office. A dynamic space that throws the box away!
Greaves Sports, Wilson Gunn Architects
Sq ft: 13,000
Greaves’ sales floor extension demonstrates how a relatively small project can have a massive impact upon a business, their customers and the quality of the retail experience offered.
Green Tek Solutions, headoffice3
Sq ft: 9,700
Innovation, vision and boldness demonstrated in approaching a company that had, for all its life, been housed in run down cabins – turning them into a fully modern, agile workforce, whilst hanging the clients’ stagnant culture, making their workplace more inspiring for their talented team and increasing productivity and staff retention.
Livability, Morgan Lovell
Sq ft: 10,655
The success of the Livability project went beyond the initial brief. Morgan Lovell delivered a working environment that not only challenged previous practices but now supports and enhances the charity. The space is beautiful, a delight to work in and inspires all those that experience it.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Customer Engagement Centre, HLW International
Sq ft: 12,000
HLW brought the brand to life through elegant, innovative and bold design. Using British and European design elements, the result is a technologically advanced, welcoming, and flexible environment that showcases the best of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and creates an excellent platform for engaging its clients in strategic discussions to advance their business objectives.
Sq ft: 25,000
CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accounting) enlisted the services of iDEA to help them define a workplace fit for a new era. They seized the opportunity to completely transform; brand, culture, IT systems and tools along with how they work together and use space. Using the me+myworkplace tool, iDEA helped CIMA understand that an agile work style would give them the flexibility to match how their teams interact.
AFME, Fabric Interior Design + Architecture
Sq ft: 8,000
The interior for AFMA reflects a fresh and bright workspace interior for an established professional organisation that isn’t in any way standard. It’s an original approach about creating a workplace that supports the organisation, giving it meaning, relevance and beauty.
Kronos Project, Progress Work Place Solutions
Sq ft: 12,916
The design solution from Progress embodies the principles of agile working and has been instrumental in supporting the staff at Kronos through the dramatic changes in this rapidly expanding tech company. The impact goes further still, through the intangible but palpable feeling of positive energy throughout. A day in the office has never felt so
Point 72, HLW International
Sq ft: 8,000
The HLW team designed Point 72’s space with a Mayfair townhouse look and feel, to be light, welcoming, timeless and elegant in line with the surrounding neighbourhood in which the company is based. The flexible workspace is also capable of change an expanding workforce.
Sainsbury’s Digital Lab, Chetwoods Architects
Sq ft: 10,666
A dark basement has been transformed into a vibrant Digital Lab that is attracting the best ‘tech talent’ to Sainsbury’s in what is a competitive market. The ‘activity based work’ design has increased productivity and provided flexible spaces. The Lab has set a template for workspace design that is being rolled out to other areas of Sainsbury’s business.
Mendeley, Align GB
Sq ft: 20,000
Align’s project with Mendeley at Alphabeta represents the embodiment of a ‘grown-up’ tech workplace. The client wanted to move away from the stereotypical skaters and sterling board aesthetic and create spaces for an agile and collaborative workforce, which fully supports the next stage of the organisation’s development.
inVentiv Health, Arcademy Design
Sq ft: 18,000
Across a mere 1,700 sq m of floor space, this project has 119 columns, 150 exposed beams, no ceiling void and a floor to ceiling height averaging 2.3m. Built to the Ministry of Defence’s exacting 1947 standard, surely no other project entry could have experienced a design challenge of this nature!
Tata Communications, Saracen Interiors
Sq ft: 18,000
Saracen Interiors designed and delivered a full fit-out for the new offices of this global network services provider at Vintners Place. The design, reflecting Tata Communications’ vision of a mobile, flexible working environment that encourages innovation through collaboration, is expected to be rolled out globally.
Aetna, Fabric Interior Design + Architecture
Sq ft: 20,000
To put it in simple terms, Aetna’s expectations were exceeded. The design supports Aetna’s brand by using colours to distinguish between areas and creates a genuine sense of place. The new office interior provides a range of workplace settings to support different work styles; encouraging movement and collaboration.
Merkle, ThirdWay Interiors
Sq ft: 28,000
Merkle has a reputation for innovation –and they wanted this reflected in their office. ThirdWay worked to create an economic, yet dynamic space that delivered on all points of the brief. The new office has impressed both staff and clients, ultimately having a positive impact on Merkle’s bottom line.
Vubiquity, HKS Architects
Sq ft: 20,000
This all-round project focuses on what a good commercial office should be, harnessing evidence-based thinking to provide enhanced staff facilities whilst benefitting the bottom line. Incorporating unusual functions with quality components, the feel good vibe of this workplace provides a welcome counterpoint to the corporate environment of More London.
Cargill, Area Sq
Sq ft: 25,000
Cargill had a genuine ambition to provide the best working space for their staff and clients. They were also motivated to explore ‘new ways of working’ and trusted Area Sq to take them on the journey to achieve their objectives. The result was a successful space with real purpose.
Volkswagen Financial Services, Scott Brownrigg
Sq ft: 35,000
Scott Brownrigg has completed its second fit-out for Volkswagen Financial Services. The scheme’s design has provided a dynamic workplace with a variety of work settings. It was important that the design reflected the identity of all the brands under the VW umbrella. This has been achieved by using intelligent hints of colour as well as a number of bespoke art installations, including a converted Beetle and a wall of seatbelt’s.
Natixis Global Asset Management, MF Design Studio
Sq ft: 16,500
The reflection of St. Paul’s Cathedral on 1 Carter Lane’s façade had a great effect on the visual aspect of the building. The office design is a true representation of the influence of the location and architecture on the interior design, and how the interiors can reflect and adapt the different architectural elements to create a truly unique and genuine space.
Bayern, HLW International
Sq ft: 10,000
The new London workspace has become the hub for the marketing and sales departments at Bayern London. A variety of formal and informal collaboration spaces were integrated into the design as well as phone booths, meeting rooms and touchdown areas, which have improved communication and team working between employees. HLW has helped reinvigorate the business, providing a space that can effectively support Bayern’s working methods for many years to come.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ID:SR Sheppard Robson
Sq ft: 44,000
ID:SR Sheppard Robson has created a major 44,000 sq ft interior fit-out and workplace strategy for Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) in London. The project delivers a design that places a global financial business within its local context as well as promoting high standards of wellness throughout.
Criteo, Arcademy Design
Sq ft: 31,000
A complex and effective scheme of eclectic spaces has been achieved across two and a half floors of a newly refurbished 1947 property that has significant architectural, technological and spatial limitations. The end result has exceeded client expectations from both a management and employee perspective.
Omers, HLW International
Sq ft: 25,000
When Omers moved to the iconic Leadenhall Building, the relocation presented a great opportunity to showcase their real estate as they are also the landlords of the building. HLW brought subtle branding into the design as well as creating a connecting staircase to link the two floors. This, plus the introduction of a social heart to the space, has opened up a dynamic flow between the entities of Omers and energized the
connection between the teams.
Mazda Headquarters, Bisset Adams
Sq ft: 25,589
In a highly competitive automotive market, Mazda’s new UK office headquarters furthers the company’s ethos of ‘defying convention’, combining an economically light concept with an innovative design. The design references Mazda’s heritage and its award-winning line of products, positioning it as an ever more premium brand.
Yalding House, BuckleyGrayYeoman
Sq ft: 27,017
The comprehensive refurbishment of this 1930’s office building includes the insertion of a new core into a redundant lightwell to modernise the circulation and facilities. By retaining the original character and referencing its rich heritage throughout, a unique space has been created, which combines authenticity with hidden functionality.
Jupiter Asset Management, HLW International
Sq ft: 56,000
‘Our new office in The Zig Zag Building, designed for us by HLW, reflects Jupiter’s brand and our dynamic and business. Our staff have thoroughly embraced the more contemporary, collaborative working environment and our clients have been impressed by the welcoming, professional quality of the top floor meeting suite. The project has been a real success and we feel we have a space that will support us in our continued growth.’ Edward Bonham Carter – Vice Chairman, Jupiter.
Sq ft: 66,400
Claremont has created an aspirational London office for world-renowned gaming company King. Containing team, group and scrum spaces with plug-and-play technology integration, immersive pods with write-on surfaces, art studios, and even an amphitheatre and music room, the project embodies the office of the future, where agile working, wellbeing and technology converge seamlessly in a playful, productive environment.
SEI, PENSON Architecture
Sq ft: 68,000
SEI’s new UK HQ delivers an exciting interchange between creativity, connectivity, and commerce. Spread over three floors, the space is inspired by the slickness and edginess of London’s art galleries. A balance between open and private space is met through hubs, pods, meeting rooms, chill-out zones and an impressive 8th floor terrace overlooking Finsbury Square.
Clarksons, tp bennett
Sq ft: 76,830
Clarksons’ new headquarters projects quality and confidence whilst complementing their maritime heritage. Spread across four floors, the new working environment drives collaboration whilst a flexible club and entertainment space, complete with landscaped and furnished terrace, provides a space for business events and day-to-day client-facing activities.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society HQ, BDP
Sq ft: 43,000
Through this redevelopment of a tired 1980’s building into a new HQ for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, BDP completely transformed the building, creating new internal spaces including a dramatic new sunlit stairwell, library space and atrium – which encourages staff integration.
Haymarket Media Group, Spacelab
Sq ft: 47,000
Spacelab’s new workplace for Haymarket Media Group is a dynamic environment where over 1,000 staff and freelancers come together to work and meet. The design principles and implementation of agile working, identified by an in-depth piece of workplace consultancy, have allowed the business to half its NIA, while also accommodating future growth.
Microsoft, HLW International
Sq ft: 53,000
HLW has provided Microsoft London with a campus that offers flexibility and a sense of community. Special features include bespoke wallpaper (designed by HLW), graphics that show other Microsoft locations globally and meeting rooms that relate to the work of different London fashion designers.
Deloitte Montreal, Arney Fender Katsalidis
Sq ft: 160,000
Deloitte Montreal began with research to design an innovative, inspiring workplace, enabling the business to grow by increasing connections between staff.
Fundamental to this is the creation of a central atrium and an agile workplace design that encourages interaction and collaboration in a space that feels creative but quintessentially Deloitte.
MS Amlin, tp bennett
Sq ft: 95,000
MS Amlin recently relocated to new offices at The Leadenhall Building. Occupying six floors, the design is confident and progressive, with a complementary flexible entertainment space on Level 45. The new office environment provided the opportunity to streamline business operations, drive collaboration and strengthen MS Amlin’s brand and customer experience.
Global Mining and Resources Company Headquarters, HASSELL
Sq ft: 86,995
With the move back to its historic home in the heart of Westminster, the creation of this global headquarters establishes a new benchmark for the group’s workplaces worldwide. Through this project, the organisation embarked on one of the most important workplace design projects in its more than 100 year history.
Sq ft: 62,000
Where industrial character meets efficient flexible, contemporary space. The deep retrofit of this unloved factory delivers major improvements to the streetscape and creates 62,000 sq ft of excellent and modern office space that has already attracted creative tenants.
BMW Group UK, HLW International
Sq ft: 300,000
The HLW team re-purposed three existing buildings, which were in a poor condition, for BMW, bringing them up to HQ standard. Specialist spaces such as showroom style walkways and garages have opened up the opportunity for clients to visit and see the many facets of BMW at work, encouraging new business and strengthening partnerships.
Thomas More Square, BDP
Sq ft: 300,000
This radical refurbishment of a 1980’s office block involved both the building, its approaches, urban realm and interiors. BDP inserted new entrance portals and transformed two communal areas, including a new cafe and business lounge.