Scott Browrigg was commissioned as the fit-out interior designer for the KWN Building, the Humber Suite, the restaurant, grab and go and café areas for the new £105 million Science and Innovation Centre in Hull. The Centre comprises state-of-the-art offices, R&D facilities, open plan working and collaborative areas, housing the talent and passion to drive forward the latest discoveries in consumer health.
Reckitt Benckiser’s [RB] focus on cutting-edge science and its strong sense of social responsibility stretches back to 1819. Together they have enabled the business to help people lead healthier lives and have happier homes for over 200 years. It’s brands – many of which are household names – include Durex, Nurofen and Gaviscon, to name just three.
The Hull site has been a home to RB since 1840. The previous R&S facilities were housed in a building no longer fit for purpose, with building fabric challenges and not enough space. Ryder Architecture successfully designed a world-class, sustainable R&D campus, meeting the client’s aims to future-proof the business. From there, Scott Brownrigg successfully restored the historic elements, including the Humber Suite and KWN Building, celebrating the heritage of the site and the company.
The Humber Suite is central to the space and has been restored as a new meeting suite; its position celebrates the history of the company.
The conceptual interior design for the KWN office building relies on four key ideas: Reaching Out, exploring the connections between RB and Hull; Building Relationships, connecting people across the buildings; Uniquely RB, connecting with the brand; Movement and Flexibility, movable and flexible working spaces.