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Mood lighting, phoneless desks and activity-based working give SAS’s new workplace the wow factor.

SAS Software approached Morgan Lovell to design their new London office because they wanted a space which delivered an unparalleled customer experience whilst at the same time offering a dynamic and multifunctional environment for their staff. They essentially wanted the wow factor.

The result is a workplace with two very different sides. The front of house area; with its state-of-the-art reception, contrasts with and complements the versatile innovation hub area for staff members. Hot-desking has been implemented across the board, along with phoneless desks. This has created a clean and efficient work environment with the aim of giving staff the best experience possible.

Other highlights include the giant touch screens in the innovation hub, with adjustable lighting which can be altered to match the client’s colours. An ‘experience corridor’ which leads into the hub, features pulsing lights to create an extraordinary feel for visitors and staff from start to finish. Floating walls create space with visibility and natural light throughout but without compromising on privacy.

One of the greatest challenges for SAS was more cultural than physical. The company wanted to embrace activity-based working and is using the new London office as a pilot for other parts of the business and as the basis of their new initiative “New Ways of Working”, a programme developed by SAS and Morgan Lovell to increase mobility and collaboration within the SAS workforce. They wanted their employees to get the most diversity and freedom of use within that space.

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