After the refurbishment, the office is now able to support an increase in more casual ‘smart-working’, with large amounts of space now dedicated to relaxation, breakout, and collaborative work, as well as meeting spaces making the most of the stunning views of the River Thames.
The initial design brief was forced to evolve over the course of the year to incorporate the necessary amends caused by COVID. This was clear in the reduction of desk-based working within the office. Post and during lockdown, staff had predominantly been working from home. It was felt that staff would no longer be working in the office 5 days a week, nor did they want to work at home 5 days a week when some sort of normality was resumed. The new workspace allows employees to return to the office 2 or 3 days a week but whilst working more in close collaboration with colleagues than individually and thus, increasing overall productivity.
A plethora of Connection commercial furniture was specified within the space in a variety of configurations to enhance both the overall functionality and aesthetic. Rooms was specified in multiple guises, mostly to support collaborative working, alongside statement soft seating like Mae and Hygge.