Downsizing to a new office space can be a daunting prospect for any business. Following a change in a way of working and a lease break of its current office, Helaba saw the opportunity that a functional, better-equipped space could have for its people and business. Enter LDN:W, a brand new CAT A building located in Barbican featuring 360 views of London and Helaba’s new home.
Having appointed project managers Avison Young, Helaba needed a design agency that could deliver a fast-track project that encompassed its values and introduced activity-based working. With previous knowledge of LDN:W having carried out a full test fit on the space, Peldon Rose was able to engage with Helaba’s team early in the process and challenge their way of thinking to deliver a workplace that went above and beyond the original brief.
Helaba prides itself on being underpinned by values that strive to make positive difference in the world of tomorrow, whether it be through sustainable initiatives, social responsibility, or the wellbeing of its people. When it came to the design mission it was key that these values played a leading role in the creation of the workspace. Helaba now has a retreat-style destination that is wildly different from its previous siloed office. As well as putting people at the front and centre, it introduces an agile working style that connects teams in just 50% of the previous floorplate.
With sustainability lying at the core of all Helaba’s business activity, a sustainable agenda was paramount to the project. Our designers worked hard to challenge Helaba on its approach to sustainability within the design as well as challenge our own thinking. New and innovative products that tell a story have been introduced throughout the design.
Environmentally friendly, engineered timber that has been salvaged and upcycled has been used within the reception space to create a feature wall that adds a level of warmth and calmness. The carpet tiling has been selected to promote wellbeing and human connection as well as being created from recycled and bio-based materials. In particular, the tiling within the meeting rooms creates a pebble effect further adding the retreat nature of the space. Within the breakout area, handcrafted wall tiles not only add texture but have been created from sustainable materials and manufactured with minimum impact.
Biophilic elements have been brought into the design, opening the space, and enhancing the wellbeing of its users. Nooks of seating that boast views of London have been surrounded by planting adding to the Bali look and feel. Each of these different sustainable elements has helped to put Helaba’s new office on track to achieve a SKA Gold rating.
A raw industrial design has been tied into the base build maximising the exposed ceiling and concrete rendering throughout. Within the breakout area, a hot rolled steel worktop creates an impressive focal point balanced by surrounding biophilia and soft finishes ensuring a level of warmth remains.
Helaba has an international employee and client base, that reflect Helaba’s values and brand through first-hand experience. Its previous traditional and tired office was not matching up with the current demands of the users of the space and more importantly, was not attracting a return to the workplace.
The new space has created a plethora of different working environments that support everyone’s different working styles. The breakout space with banquette seating encourages connection whilst library areas and phone pods provide a separate space for focused working achieving a balance between social space and quiet work areas. Our team has ensured that this diversity of workspace is further supported by the technology available with AV units and power sources available.
From the very beginning of the project, the team worked closely with Helaba, demonstrating an understanding of exactly what they needed and offering a solution that was what they may not have originally envisaged, but one that inspired and went above the original requirements. Inviting Helaba to spend time at Sterling House with the project team and demonstrating our understanding of the functionality of different workspaces meant the relationship grew from strength to strength.
Senior Project Designer, Georgia Nogas said: ‘It was great to work with Helaba who had full confidence in our team and an inspiring vision of their new workspace. Their teams had an eye for looking at things differently and working together we found a way to bring the two visions to life. Helaba put their trust in us to deliver a unique landscape, creating a destination workspace, that their employees will want to return to.’
Helaba London Branch project team said: “After moving into the new space we realised how well designed and inspiring the new workspace is for us. Peldon Rose was the perfect match for the project from start to finish. The design, project management and the construction delivery impressed us and went very smoothly. An enjoyable journey with a fantastic result”.
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