Based in more than 400 locations worldwide, Robert Half International is a global staffing firm that provides skilled professionals in fields such as accounting and finance, technology, legal, creative, marketing and administration. Founded in 1948, Robert Half was an early pioneer of professional staffing services, providing the industries of the day with staff on a temporary or permanent basis. The company have appeared on Fortune Magazine's 'World's Most Admired Companies' list every single year since 1998 (most recently published in March 2017) and also appear on Ethisphere's 2013's list of the 'World's Most Ethical Companies'.
Due to their upcoming lease expiry at their existing Reading office they had an active requirement to seek 3200 sq ft of alternative office space in the local area. After exploring their options they approached our Business Development Team and invited us to meet at their preferred destination at the 6th floor of Forbury Works in Reading to carry out a site survey. The Operations Manager at Robert Half wanted to create an environment that met the careful balance of an updated interpretation of the brand whilst not a complete departure from other UK based offices.
The brief includes: Create a commercial area – enhanced customer journey for clients, Unite everyone – central social hub, Include hot desks – agile workers, Allow for growth – expansion space, Represent brand – up to date finishes, Attract and retain talent – youthful, friendly, modern, energetic.
Having taken a detailed brief Oaktree Interiors produced a layout and design that made excellent use of the limited floor plate, adding elements that were sympathetic to the newly refurbished and much sought after building; such as a curved wall offset from the building core, exposed services and a concrete effect floor.
Key was providing two distinct elements – a client facing area with interview rooms and high level meeting and presentation spaces with slab to slab partitioning that eliminates any noise travelling, and an open plan office for 26 staff that could be a home from home for local and international employees, using touchdown benches and soft meeting spaces to flex with the demands of the business. Beautiful items of joinery such as a curved seating area and walnut edged ceiling raft emphasis the quality and integrity that is inherent in the brand with the breakout and open plan being more fun and informal, including a darts board in the breakout area! The client told the Oaktree team that we 'nailed it'.