‘The main challenge was finding the balance between creating a social environment that encourages collaboration and connectivity, and one that allows for quiet reflection, focus and privacy, which are essential for many aspects of legal work,’ Simon reveals.
‘We have achieved a lot within the budget. We did very little structural work, also with sustainability in mind. We have reused the existing document storage, which will gradually be needed less and less as work is now paperless.
‘We selected coloured fabrics, oak and light coloured laminates to create that all-important softer, less corporate feel.
‘As part of the agile concept, a high proportion – around 70% – of the furniture can be moved. Consideration of the acoustics of the space means that 40% of the floorspace is taken up by furniture with soft fabric surfaces to absorb sound.
The new office also enhances Muckle LLP’s extensive use of technology, with video call enabled meeting rooms and interactive screens throughout, making it easier for its people and clients to stay connected on the go.
‘In the office we’re using cutting edge technology to help us work as it suits us and our clients best, whether that’s at a conventional desk, a quiet isolated pod, a large collaborative table with Skype enabled AV or on a comfy sofa with inspirational views of Newcastle city centre,’ Jason says.