The project brief.
Our brief was to design a space that could offer flexibility, mainly for the administrative areas and a dynamic, professional 'front of house' where clients and visitors alike could be accommodated efficiently and in a high degree of comfort.
Technology is an important factor in delivering the amount of flexibility required. To cater for both comfort and functionality, workspaces of the future will be expected to vary in size, as well as contain several different furniture layouts. The design we created for PNE incorporates all of this; we created several different areas throughout the office that supports both formal and informal working. The establishment of an improved wireless Internet infrastructure throughout the office will allow for people to move where they want, when they want; creating the flexibility they need.
Related to this was the overriding factor of the office design that PNE wanted to get right; its look and feel. The ability for people to move around the office creates an opportunity to establish different working areas, which in turn creates a need for different designs and materials to be used in each of them.
Whether it's the informal (meeting areas, breakout zones or collaboration desks) or the more formal (other meeting areas, open office layouts or private working facilities), the design we created utilises different types of partitioning, flooring, furniture and lighting to achieve that different look and feel in each area within the office.