In addition to the open plan workspaces, the office features a Heart of Pukka room – designed for meditation and group contemplation, a Retreat Room for mindfulness and calm and a project space for brainstorming, complete with write-on walls. At the opposite end of the floorplate, a large gathering space doubles up for employee yoga sessions and company meetings.
The Heart of Pukka room, which is completely technology-free, features a beautiful, large-scale Indian rug (we later find a second, equally ornate and beautiful rug in the other wing of the space) and a series of mindfulness quotes and sayings (called Wisdom Seeds by Pukka), which might be in a slightly different language than we’re used to in the corporate world, but are actually grounded in common sense and are the business’ values.
‘When you ask about the biggest challenges, getting the rugs up the stairs was maybe the hardest thing! It took about 10 of us,’ Tammey tells us.
This area links with a kitchen, which has a large central island and is suited for informal meetings, communal lunches and team relaxation.
Some bespoke and unusual Pukka details have been incorporated into the design detail too – including tree trunk columns for visual interest, the use of gold finishes on selected wall manifestations, colourful tea-box-printed tiles for kitchen splashbacks and unique door handles in the kitchen.
Pukka’s extensive and visually appealing product range – which includes no less than 42 different teas – takes pride of place in a customdesigned laboratory for testing and tasting.
Employees and guests can watch expert tea tastings through a large viewing window. 42 teas! If they’re all as good as the new Pukka space, this business will undoubtedly continue to flourish. What’s really great is that it is doing so in such a caring, responsible way.