Conversion of the former Hammond & Champness lift factory into a creative workspace for us to call ‘home’.
In 2013, having almost doubled in size in 2 years, we had out grown our Bastwick Street studio and were looking for new premises with enough space for us to expand further.
We wanted our studio to reflect our culture and ethos, promoting co-working and collaboration. We often encourage our clients to consider the benefits of open plan working, and this has been a great opportunity to test some of these ideas.
The Big Idea
A new internal staircase connects the two floors, and is positioned to optimise the visual links between the levels.
The concrete structure has been stripped back to create an open, non-hierarchical space in keeping with the practice’s ethos, and to make the most of the building’s natural daylight. The slender floor plates follow the same layout throughout, with private workspace running alongside break out and meeting areas, allowing staff to move easily between traditional desk space and shared working areas.
Our original design included a fireman’s pole for speedy travel to meetings from upstairs - health and safety foiled this plan but we can still zip about the office on our handy scooters.
The Small Detail
Our architects and interior designers worked together to create flexible workspace, informal break out areas and meeting rooms – each with their own personality. Furniture and high-backed booths are positioned to provide privacy, and a series of bespoke exhibition units present models at eye-level as well as providing areas to display drawings.