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As one of the largest consumer-focused equity group in the world, Peldon Rose’s private equity client invests in iconic and enduring brands. Located in 18 countries across five continents, the client’s team is made up of brand curators, consumer visionaries and most importantly, good people.
Peldon Rose was challenged to deliver a contemporary workplace that would appropriately support, nurture and develop these people in a smart, yet homely atmosphere. Relocating to a new London location that offers unrivalled transport links, it’s an environment that brings three divisions of the company’s global operations together within one unified setting.
Frosted glass permits the travel of light flow while ensuring privacy within the meeting space
Digital screens and wide angle cameras allow hybrid meetings across the globe to take place with ease
Floor-to-ceiling windows allow a plethora of natural light to flood into the space
As you enter the office, a beautifully curved, wooden reception desk is set against a backdrop of crackled porcelain tiling, along with an open seating and refreshment area. Furnished with cosy armchairs and coffee tables, this wide, open entrance provides clients with a welcome entry into the space. The boardroom sits directly next door and visitors to the space are reminded of the brand’s global position, with digital displays of time zones from around the world, from Sydney, to Tokyo, Paris, Milan and New York resting high above digital screens. Running from the client waiting area, an impressive two-metre-wide corridor spans the entire length of the floorplate journeying from the office’s front to back of house.
Box planting between workstations adds vibrancy to the space and supports employee wellbeing
Strip lighting acts as natural wayfinding through the space
The nature of the client’s business in private equity and investment required a partially cellular layout. A number of senior team members have individual offices that have been personalised to allow the styles and preferences of each employee to flourish.
While these more private spaces serve a key purpose, the client recognised the need to provide central hubs of activity where the entire team can come together to build social capital. A central tea point acts as the beating heart of the space. High breakfast stools, banquette seating and square tables encourage social interaction for meals, chance encounters and watercooler moments or social occasions at the end of the working day. Planting within this central area contributes to a bright and airy space, along with pendant lighting and neutral kitchen marble tones.
Areas of open-plan working are home to support staff. These feature clusters of desks are framed with box planting and strong, architectural strip lighting. For moments of focused work, small cubicles allow team members to step away from the open-plan buzz to carry out concentrated tasks.
Banquette, breakfast bar and dining table seating offer colleagues to come together and socialise in a variety of settings
A destination tea point creates a beating heart at the epicentre of the workplace that can be used throughout the day
Intentionally moving away from the opulence of the client’s other global offices, Japandi influences inspired the design.
Oak running along the floor and walls is complemented by wooden desk and meeting room tables by Herman Miller. Royal blues and soft creams supplement the wooden features that align with brand colours.
Fusing features of Japan and Scandinavia, strong, geometric lines combine with muted tones and natural materials that are omnipresent throughout the workplace
The client’s vision is interwoven throughout the space that also champions shared successes. In the central tea point, an engineered timber wall captures the brand’s cultural values. Inspiring words of encouragement such as ‘creativity’, ‘curiosity’ and ‘candour’ serve as a constant motivator for success. Additionally, the client’s vision statement sits parallel. Set against earthy cork and encased by framed glass, the collective desire to ‘pursue excellence’ instils colleagues with a shared sense of purpose.
Stretching down the main corridor, a ‘Wall of Fame’ lists the consumer brands that the client is proud to have backed with investment. The household names that sit within the wall demonstrate how the brand has enabled companies to become leaders in their respective industry segments.
Materials across the office reflect a desire to follow the highest sustainable practices. Flooring, carpets and finishes with strong cradle to grave properties enabled the project to receive a Fitwel 2 star and BREEAM rating excellent, and contribute to a more sustainable future.
Geometric features complement the timber panelling, combining design influences from Japan and Scandinavia
A feature wall containing core company values serves as a physical reminder of the brand's aspirations
Members of the client team with a background in architecture challenged the team at Peldon Rose to scrutinise every aspect of the design. The high-quality, clean lines and finishes are testament to the abilities of lead designer, Sonia Crozier. Acoustic panels carefully manage the noise transfer through the space, an important consideration with the high number of hard finishes and surfaces.
Additionally, Peldon Rose provided a canvas for the client team to add a splash of personality. Avid art enthusiasts and collectors, the client team chose the artwork for the space and named meeting rooms after some of the most celebrated artists to have lived in Turner, Blake and Hockney. Working alongside Gerald Eve’s project management division ensured that the project was delivered in line with the client’s objectives, and it’s a space the team is proud of.
Meeting rooms that flank the exterior of the floorplate overlook impressive views of the surrounding area
Furniture choices from Herman Miller create consistency in design