Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with their software. They have offices all over the world and the refurbishment in their Birmingham office was driven by their need for a space that showcases the innovation and creativity of their brand and increases the efficiency of their staff. Autodesk wanted a sophisticated and timeless space to be proud of and to host product trainings as well as outreach programs for their community and customers.
The Birmingham office is the only Autodesk Technology Centre outside of North America and is one of the most visited locations. Overall, we have modernised the facility and made the space more impactful, bringing it more in line with the Autodesk brand – helping create a more impressive environment for visiting clients and global staff. We stripped the existing floor back to open up the space and created 10 separate training and meeting rooms with high-quality AV and video conferencing.
Having somewhere for staff to relax and collaborate across teams and departments was an important part of the brief. Along with the conference centre, a large breakout space on the ground floor was created with a games room, putting green, a gym and showers. This encourages staff to take a break from their work and socialise with colleagues, as well as look after their physical and mental wellbeing.
Throughout certain areas in the office, we have left the services exposed but sprayed them blue to create more of a feature ceiling, brightening the space. In other parts of the space, we installed plasterboard ceilings which are hung from a sub grid to create a dropped ceiling. This provides a more acoustically sound space, as well as a consistent ceiling height throughout the rest of the office.
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