Working, socialising, networking
Mountbatten House, home to Clockwise Southampton, is a new, flexible co-working space designed to encourage members to interact, network and socialise.
For those wishing to seek a change from the long, in-to-London commute, or simply escape the confines of home working, Mountbatten House blends the benefits of face-to-face interaction with the advantages of remote working.
Previously a tired, 1990s office space, we stripped out the existing, internal space and re-modelled it into a more contemporary layout – one which focuses on collaboration. There are typical private offices, but also cutting-edge, steel-clad office pods and desks that are combined with planters.
Emphasising subtlety and calmness, the space features smooth and curved finishes, simple shapes and organic colours to welcome users and support their wellbeing. Curved joinery is also dotted throughout the social spaces to create visual landmarks and define zones. Drawing on Southampton’s marine heritage and surrounding Regency architecture, gives the building both a bold identity and a strong connection to its context.
The project uses long-lasting, sustainable, recycled, low VOC materials. Select pieces of furniture are made from marine waste, the paint used on all the walls is lime based, and existing carpet tiles have been reused where possible, as well as most of the services and lifts. A new bike store, showers, and changing room support users to adopt a more active, environmentally-conscious lifestyle.