Exemplar Office Visits
Thursday 19 October 2017, 10:00 – 17:00
This autumn we are again offering conference delegates the opportunity to visit four very different workplaces in central London. They include the UK base of a global technology firm, two co-working buildings and the UK headquarters of a global media agency. You’ll find out about the thinking behind the design and hear from those managing and using the new spaces.
1. Henry Wood House – A working community
Henry Wood House, long considered the ugly sister of the BBC’s classical Langham Place estate, has been given a new lease of life by The Office Group (TOG) which has been creating working communities since 2003. The 76,000 sq ft building has been transformed by architects Buckley Gray Yeoman to create co-working spaces, studio offices and a café/ lounge, along with a penthouse apartment, gym and screening room.
2. Microsoft – A place for everyone
To consolidate its offices across London, Microsoft decided to move several of its business groups to a new location in Paddington, bringing HoloLens, SwiftKey, Xbox, Lift London, Bing and others together under one roof. Integrating these distinct groups with very different needs whilst creating a space that functioned effectively for the different cultures was the project’s biggest challenge. Working with Gensler, the aim was to foster community, collaboration and knowledge sharing in an environment where staff could find different spaces to suit their needs.
3. Atrium London – A creative market
The 32,000 sq ft Atrium is the flagship of Camden’s co-working offering ‘Interchange’. The refurbished building provides creative working spaces for 600 people. A three-storey winding ramp runs the length of the building past office “shopfronts” revealing glimpses of people working within. The design by Barr Gazetas gives members of the community access to facilities ranging from screening rooms to a new restaurant called ‘Atrium Kitchen’. The huge central ground floor area uses a section of reclaimed historic cobble flooring and can host up to 3,000 people. All on the doorstep of one of the world’s largest and most famous markets.
NB If time allows we will also visit the nearby Interchange ‘Triangle London’ building.
4. Havas Media – A vertical village
The UK arm of Havas Media is part of a global network of media communications agencies. The consolidation project brought together over 24 brands and 1,700 staff spread across 15 London sites into one new 160,000 sq ft office at the heart of the Kings Cross development.
The challenge for designers MCM was to create workspaces for the different cultures and work styles whilst retaining a common workplace philosophy.
Major architectural interventions include 14 new staircases to connect floors, creating a “vertical village”. Destination spaces were created throughout the building to enhance interaction and collaboration between brands. The creative café, civic spaces, various ‘secret’ meeting rooms and the Sky Park, all ensure that the building helps to unite all the agencies and brands, while still providing a showcase for collaborators and clients.
Places on the tour are limited to a maximum of 20 and booking at this stage is open to registered delegates to the Workplace Trends Conference on 18 October only.
Tour price is £145 + VAT (early bird) and bookings can be made by clicking the Register button above. Refreshments, including a light lunch, are included in the ticket price.
See you there!
With thanks to our conference sponsors
Header Photo Credit: Microsoft Photo by Hufton + Crow