How we created a remote office for a client
Recently, this particular challenge was presented to us by a client who were seeking to downsize their UK office. Moving from their existing building into a new, smaller one was as a direct result of the majority of their employees working remotely. The balance they needed to strike was to possess an office space that would allow for easy connections to wide area networks, as well as be a useable and attractive meeting point/working space for their international colleagues and clients.
Their main office design requirement was to combine functionality with the need for less of a personal working space (that you normally expect to see in the modern office) and more of a meeting facility for people to collaborate and host. Their requirements also stipulated that there should also be storage facilities for paperwork, as well as turn certain areas of the existing shell into useable, acoustic meeting rooms.
The company’s new location was part of a serviced office building, so the existing design was very uniform and didn’t necessarily reflect their principles. As a result, we suggested that they place more of their personality and branding upon on their new location, through the use of their company colours and logo, printed upon manifestations and applied to the glazing installations that were part of the meeting room. Aside from placing a unique touch to the new office (which would contrast heavily with the environment elsewhere in this serviced office building, setting a distinctive environment) the manifestations and glazing installations will help them to balance the tightrope between being able to offer visitors private meeting spaces, remote technology, as well as functional working areas.
We are delighted to say that the client was pleased with their new office design. Overall, downsizing their office gave them a great opportunity to optimise their operation; getting the most out of their budget and more importantly, the best out of their workforce.