Now, concentrate zones enable staff to use enclosed pods for phone calls, working and creative thinking in a quiet environment, while collaborate zones include a variety of workstations, high benches, meeting pods and a meeting room, so teams of architects and interior designers can meet and work hand-in-hand with colleagues from other teams and departments.
‘Like David said, we needed to make sure that people knew it was okay to move away from their workstations,’ Nicole considers. ‘Everyone is different – and the reason we’ve created these zones and embraced these different work settings is that, depending on the task, you might not want to be disturbed or you might want to be away from the busier end of the space.
‘Everyone is on mobile technology now – so they aren’t tethered to the desk in the same way they were when we had fixed telephones. We’ve also found that people are really collaborating now. When people did collaborate in the past, it tended to be at the end of a row of desks
– and that often disturbed others. Now we have an amazing open plan kitchen/collaboration space, they have laptops and, possibly most importantly, they have choice.’
‘It’s become a much more social space as well,’ David tells us. ‘People come together for lunch and for coffee, and it is a large enough space to have office meetings in a far less formal setting.
‘It has been really interesting to see how people use the space. Some of the spaces I thought would be particularly popular for those who wanted a quieter, more secluded place to work actually aren’t the most popular – and some of the areas I thought might be the loudest and most disruptive have actually become some of the quietest! It is really good to see people moving around the space and sitting with people they normally wouldn’t sit with. It’s also good to see people really relaxing into not just the new space, but also the new working patterns. Our communication and interaction is so much better – and it’s also having real benefits for our clients in the way that we’re now able to work with them.’
‘People genuinely are getting to know one another better,’ Nicole adds.
Sustainable materials are fused with high quality detailing, mobile technology and a brilliant selection of furniture, supplied by Rainbow.
‘Rainbow worked closely with us on this concept for agile working,’ Nicole says. ‘It was a pleasure to collaborate with them throughout the project. They took us around a number of showrooms in Clerkenwell and introduced us to pieces we were not even aware of. I think the result of this is that, between us, we were able to choose the best products to help us achieve this agile, flexible, collaborative, new approach.
The space itself features contemporary, bold and colourful finishes, natural wall claddings from Innerspace Cheshire and innovative flooring designs from Interface.
How far they’ve come!