We notice the silicon theme is continued through to elements such as the smart manifestations on formal meeting rooms, which also allow for another level of openness and transparency. ‘It’s so important that people aren’t struggling to focus and that we have this incredible variety of working and meeting spaces available to everyone,’ Ellie enthuses.
Beatriz tells us that an awful lot of attention was given to wellbeing and neurodiversity issues, pointing out simple yet effective elements such as pushplates on doors rather than ‘pull’ handles (of course referencing silicon once more). Indeed, arm now provides a variety of impressive facilities for its people, including an on-site physiotherapist, retreat rooms and recreation points. ‘We do have a lot of neurodiversity and we were really keen to look after this and provide the right facilities,’ Ellie says. ‘This has made a huge impact. We want our people to feel wanted, we have a lot of social activities and if people want to stay late or come in over the weekend they are free to do so. We want people to use the space as they feel they need to. It’s about their wellness.’
‘I think it’s really interesting to see an organisation move towards this way of thinking and allowing these spaces and facilities to be given to the social aspect rather than just work,’ Beatriz adds.
‘We needed this building to provide us with all of this,’ Ellie concludes. ‘And it really does!’