Private financial company hired workplace design firm Oktra to design their new office in London, England.
“The brief evolved through the workplace study as an extensive series of interviews and workshops were conducted with staff to find out how their current space was utilised and what spaces they needed to effectively complete their tasks. The study identified three key areas of focus: promoting agile and collaborative work, improving workplace culture, and reflecting their brand’s South African heritage. The bank focuses on promoting investment into and from Africa, and we introduced an art consultant to help them reflect this connection and their brand’s core values throughout their workspace.
As our client’s leadership team travelled frequently, they decided to sacrifice their executive office suite in favour of open plan desking and agile workspaces – promoting communication across all levels of the business and stimulating a culture change. Prime views of Gresham Street are best enjoyed from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the corner of the building; a well-lit space that was formerly used for boardrooms and cellular offices, but has now been given to staff as a central social hub. We introduced vibrant, textural fabrics, warm, natural materials, and biophilia to bring life the spacious teapoint which can be used for social gatherings or town hall meetings.
The new office furniture was key to the changing the way our client worked. Our furniture team developed a clever solution that could provide ample meeting space while maintaining the open environment, with soft divides breaking up the various types of workspace to give staff the choice of where and how they work. The combination of work pods, one-to-one meeting rooms, open or closed phone booths, and a collaborative bench area contribute to a cohesive and connected workplace, and are ultimately helping our client to break down the barrier between front-of-house banking and banking support.
This office fit out achieved a SKA Gold Rating for the measures taken to considerably reduce the environmental impact of the project. Our in-house sustainability team made recommendations based on the SKA Rating framework, informing our project team’s specification of Cradle to Cradle certified flooring, insulation with 75% recycled content, FSC certified timber and lighting controls to minimise energy waste. Additionally, 100% of site waste was recycled.”
- Location: London, England
- Date completed: 2022
- Size: 16,000 square feet
- Design: Oktra
- Photos: Oliver Pohlmann
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