They wanted to move away from the traditional, disjointed space they’d had in the past, where departments were spread over different floors and staff rarely had the opportunities to collaborate on projects together. Creating a collaborative environment was essential for the new office design. We wanted to maximise the office layout by creating an open plan workplace.
Having already found the perfect office in Bedford, we carried out a full Cat B and Part A refurbishment. Our in-house team were responsible for stripping the office back to a shell, so we could go on to creating a design that bpha would be proud of.
We created a large café/town hall and meeting zone in the middle of the office – an equal space where people could come together without being boxed in by partition walls, or separated by entire floors. The café area is a bright area with bench seating to further instil the idea of a community and reducing confined, separate seating to a minimum.
The desk areas were open plan for everyone too, even the Director Team and Chief Executive. When designing the office layout, the meeting areas were the only part of the office where we wanted to include a mixture of open and enclosed rooms. Our designs ensured that bpha’s new office was an environment where staff could communicate easily and have as a few barriers as possible. For the meeting rooms, we built separate Skype, phone and war rooms to give some extra privacy.
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