Sopra Steria

A diverse, collaborative new workspace for Sopra Steria at One Bartholomew Close


SERVICES
Office Interior design,  Office fit-out,  Office furniture,  Office Planning & Layout
LOCATION

One Bartholomew, City

SECTOR
Consultants

A European leader in consulting, digital services, and software development, helping its clients drive their digital transformation to obtain tangible and sustainable benefits.

Sopra Steria provides end-to-end solutions to make large companies and organisations more competitive by combining in-depth knowledge of a wide range of business sectors and innovative technologies with a fully collaborative approach.

Placing people at the heart of everything it does, Sopra Steria is committed to making the most of digital technology to build a positive future for its clients and employ 46,000 employees in 30 countries.

Relocating and merging multiple offices to create a modern new home

In December 2019, Sopra Steria took the decision to merge its two London offices, in Holborn and Old Broad Street, into a single collaborative workspace space, adopting an agile way of working to support a shift in behaviour accommodating 200 permanent and transient employees.

Sopra Steria’s existing offices consisted of multiple meeting rooms that were not being utilised. The workplace studies proved that most of the larger meeting rooms were in fact just being utilised for one-person phone calls, as they didn’t have any dedicated areas to 121 calls or individual sessions.

Being separated across various locations created silos within the teams, resulting in breakdown in communication and culture, and the overall look and feel of the offices were corporate and out of date.

The starting point: workplace consultancy

To fully understand the key drivers of the business and its workforce, Sopra Steria employed an architectural practise to carry out a workplace consultation study, this provided the raw data we needed to help shape the strategic design brief with the client.

The aim was to create a space that worked for everyone, to suit all demographics and personality types. The ambition was to build a diverse and inspiring community within the office. Our people-centric approach allowed us to really use the data gathered to confidently push the boundaries of our design concept. We were able to reduce some of the more static solutions, such as cellular meeting rooms and private offices, and instead focus on more flexible and multi-purpose solutions, in line with Sopra Steria’s Future of Work programme.

From executives being able to have a private space for high level meetings, to graduates having the freedom and space to collaborate with senior members of the team and for employees who want to work on a desk or a quiet space by themselves – there was a space to cater for all types of activity-based-working.  

Diversity of workspace

Sopra Steria’s brand new workspace is located on level six of One Bartholomew, a building that Peldon Rose know well. They are in good company in sharing the building with our other clients, InfraRed and theTradeDesk.  It is vital that we created a uniquely relevant and contextual design for our clients that truly captures their individuality, it was imperative that the design was different and unique from their immediate neighbours on the floors above.

The front of house design philosophy in this concept breaks away from the traditional ‘reception’ experience. Here is where the concierge forms part of the refreshment and breakout area. It’s highly engaging vibe for clients and employees alike, offering a buzzing yet relaxed environment, more akin to a hotel lobby or business lounge than a traditional office.

A spine of glass formed meeting rooms run through the front of house to create a natural divide in the workspace landscape, whilst providing a glimpse into the working areas. The workspace consists of a variety of work settings, including a business lounge, a town hall area, high collaborative benches, one person focus booths, enclosed pods, and workstations

Employee wellbeing at the heart of design

The design captured a home from home feel; the feeling you have when you walk into a hotel’s business lounge. It has a relaxed feel yet feels professional and forward thinking. Just what you would expect from a digital transformation business.

The agile and flexible layout provides employees with the freedom and autonomy over workplace settings to suit their own individual needs. The design doesn’t just rely on creative landscaping and furniture, but incorporates biophilic design, by maximising the benefits of natural light and utilising plants and natural material. Multiple water stations are also situated throughout the space to promote wellbeing and the opportunity for serendipitous water cooler moments.

Technology as a key driver

As a digital led business, Sopra Steria’s technology requirements were a necessity to business functions. A “DigiLab” was designed as an area to bring clients into for demonstrations and workshops. Large AV screens with VR capability were fitted throughout the space, complete with “state of the art” room booking systems for all meeting rooms.

The building is rated BREEAM 2014 Excellent.