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A phoenix from the ashes

People chatting on different floors in the Forge building

A tired 1990s office building is now the embodiment of the latest workplace thinking, with a focus on amenity, collaboration and wellbeing.

People standing and sitting now near the window overlooking the street.
People sitting and walking around the reception are at Forge.

With its back to the street in central Woking Forge was old-fashioned, inefficient and feature-less but still too young to die. We turned it around – literally – creating a new entrance on the main pedestrian route to the train station, and gave it added street presence with a new public café on Church Street.

A woman sat in a break out area, doing work on her laptop at Forge
Aerial view of the different floors levels at Forge
People hanging out in a break out area, featuring swings and huts, in the Forge building.

Post-pandemic workplaces need to provide the spaces and facilities to foster innovation, collaboration and wellbeing which home ‘offices’ lack. By cutting and carving the building, we provided large volume spaces and a variety of working environments – from the café in reception and breakout spaces in the new atrium grid structure, to sun loungers on the top floor.  A cycle ramp leads to comprehensive cycle and fitness facilities in the basement.

A man walking around the office at Forge
Two people talking in an office, with plants on the tables, at Forge.

Plant and storage facilities on the fourth floor have been replaced by new office accommodation, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing connections to the outdoors and spectacular views of the Surrey countryside.

A woman sat down in a meeting room working on her laptop, at Forge
A man walking up the stair in the Forge building.
A woman sat on an orange sofa at Forge.

Forge has been responsibly designed to limit carbon use but maximise a sense of health and wellbeing. Services link directly to a smart phone app, keeping the building users informed and in control of how the building is operating.

Detail shot of a orange chair
Detail shot a high stool chair
Detail shot of a red chair
Furniture at Forge
Details shot of a chair at Forge
Detail shot of a plant

Project details

Project name: Forge

Location: Woking, UK

Value: < £20M

Scope: Interior design, Architecture

Clients: Mayfair Capital, V7 Asset Management

Status: Live

Completion date: 2021

Engineer: Elliot Wood Partnership

MEP: Hoare Lea/ Maze

Project Management/ Quantity: Potter Raper

Main Contractor: Thirdway Contracts

Photogrpahy: Jack Hobhouse


BCO Awards 2022
Recycled/Refurbished Workplace - Winner

If you want to know more about our workplace work, contact Nick Gaskell

If you want to know more about our interior design work, contact Morag Morrison