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Already a leader in digital banking solutions, Tennessee-based Transcard is ready to take on the world stage. This cutting-edge fintech needed a home for its newly established EMEA HQ and chose the heart of Mayfair, London. Transcard needed more than just an office, it needed a sociable satellite for visiting teams, somewhere that brings their vibrant and people-focused culture to life in Europe. The team approached design and workplace build experts Peldon Rose to deliver a high-end workspace with a healthy dose of the company’s characteristic hospitality.
Transcard’s success is down to the client relationships it has spent years nurturing. It was crucial that the company could bring clients into the new space and make an impression that would live up to that of its US HQ in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which features a sleek aesthetic and unmatched social elements.
With big shoes to fill, Peldon Rose centred the interior office design around an open plan lounge and touchdown space reminiscent of luxury hospitality venues. Greeted with soft furniture and high-quality natural finishes, visitors would be forgiven for thinking they’d taken a wrong turn and ended up in one of London’s high-end whisky bars. The deep blue base and sleek orange accents of Transcard’s brand colours were used to set a sophisticated tone throughout, and partnered with illuminated Transcard logos, complement the dark colours. Dimmable lights further add to this design approach and create an effortless transition from work to play. Subtle banquet seating on one wall ensures no one is left standing, without encroaching on the floor space which is finished in understated herringbone vinyl tiling.
The large kitchen island is a cornerstone of the design and is equipped for daily lunch breaks or a catered reception with clients. It also offers a natural gathering point for a quick cup of coffee at any time of day. The white marble finish and drinks cabinet hanging above complete the kitchen area, taking the design to the next level. It embodies an environment that is purpose-built to cultivate company culture and provides the perfect backdrop to its heritage as a firm set up by friends who grew up together. 15 years later this spirit lives on.
Being able to host clients at the new office was a top priority. When we invite people in, we want the space to leave an impression of who we are, and the beautiful location really helps us introduce ourselves to a new market. We couldn’t be happier with what Peldon Rose has created. Not only does it give the very best impression to visitors, but it gives our people somewhere they genuinely want to work and socialise in.
With an established team successfully working remotely, Transcard’s new workspace needed to accommodate a hybrid approach. When designing the workstations, Peldon Rose asked: ‘what can’t people do remotely?’ The answer was collaborate. The interior design team specified a large table adjacent to the kitchen, providing an area for teams to have conversations that simply work better face-to-face, as well as an area for the sales team to plug-in-and-play between meetings. Transcard is driving innovation in payment technology, making it more intelligent and infinitely flexible, so it's no surprise that the firm opted to prioritise an informal and forward-thinking way of working.
Either side of a number of spacious hot desks, sit two executive offices of truly transatlantic proportions, one key element of Transcard’s US office that couldn’t be left in Tennessee. Finished to the highest quality in natural materials – including joinery that curves round to the desks – creating a home from home for visiting executives demonstrate to UK and EMEA-based clients that they are getting the best Transcard has to offer.
Transcard was focused on giving its people more than just an office. It needed somewhere that supported and enhanced the existing remote working model. It was a space for collaboration and socialisation that the company needed, so these take centre stage in the new design. The high quality finishes weren’t just for the sake of executives and clients – they’ll bring people into the space, whether it’s to work or play.