An office designed for a changing world

The role of the office has dramatically changed in the last two years. So we've completely redesigned our Bracknell office into a destination our people love and a place where our clients can imagine their own workplace of the future.

Key features

  • Biophilia
  • Collaboration zones
  • Soft and hard partitions
  • Bespoke café area
  • Unique sample selector zone
  • State-of-the-art technology

Project description

Our main aim in redesigning our office was to focus on our people’s needs, their wellbeing and productivity. We wanted to create a space where they would choose to work after being at home for so long. So step one was to ask them what they wanted.

The overwhelming message was a desire for different options. People wanted a variety of spaces for different styles of working. To achieve this, we created quiet, mid and high-energy zones with sit/stand desks throughout. Private spaces are never far away and single or multiple user booths proved to be popular touch-down points for the team. Each meeting room is a different size and can flex up or down according to the needs of the working day.

As our business depends on collaboration and interaction, we wanted to create a buzz and bring the 'ML community' together. Direct lines of sight run through the office to create strong connections between people. Opening up the breakout space with sliding barn doors means the whole team can meet for lunch and learn sessions.

A high priority for us was to cater for diverse needs, so we connected to light and nature through neutral tones, natural materials and planting. Adjustable lighting in certain areas allows people to control their own work environment.

The studio - creativity and collaboration

Many clients visit us when they’re considering redesigning their own workspace, so we were keen for our office to showcase the art of the possible.

The Studio is our central creative hub that is a natural focus for visiting clients. Not only is it a place to work, but it’s also a showroom, displaying an impressive range of products and finishes that enable clients to touch and feel the quality options that are available.

Clients tell us they love experiencing all the choices 'in real life' before deciding what will go in their new office.

A low carbon design and fit out

Our commitment to achieving net zero by 2030 meant carbon reduction was paramount to this project. Using CarboniCa, our carbon calculator tool, we were able to visualise, track and measure the amount of embodied carbon on this project. This meant that the design decisions made helped us to significantly reduce carbon emissions from this project.

The project also achieved a SKA Gold, the highest rating from the environmental assessment method, benchmark and standard for non-domestic fit outs. SKA covers energy, CO2 emissions, waste, water, materials, pollution, wellbeing and transport, all of which were considered on this project.

In addition to the above, biophilia was also incorporated throughout, bringing nature into the space to increase people's wellbeing.

A tech-enabled office for the future

Workplace technology is driving the future of offices and we’ve embraced it fully, virtually connecting clients and teams via touch screens and state-of-the-art audio-visual systems. Video conferencing is incorporated into most rooms big and small, so those who are working remotely can easily be accessed.

Online, remote booking systems ease working lives and let you book your favourite space depending on the task at hand.

Air quality and energy usage are continuously tracked via apps to ensure a healthy environment

A destination workplace

The feedback from this people-centred design has been overwhelmingly positive. We look forward to being in the office and our clients are impressed by the beautiful, agile space.

When visitors say, “I want an office like this,” we know it’s a job well done.

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