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A key consideration was moving away from desk-centric teams dispersed across multiple floors. With a single floor, we could maximise every inch of the space. We created small, modular neighbourhoods for teams to work in, but ensured there were opportunities for people to connect and collaborate.
The new building is open plan, to allow people to connect with the space and within the space. To minimise disruption, we developed a range of work settings: some more cellular, some more shrouded, some more open.
By carefully examining the base build, we were able to determine which areas would lend themselves to quiet or retreat areas and which would suit workstations.
We brought in tactile flourishes, layering texture and patterns to draw the eye around the space. The social area features an exposed ceiling, which gives the feeling of stepping away from the office while being in it.
The blend of work settings includes fixed hard points such as the reception, meeting rooms and social spaces, which are fitted with the right acoustic and functional properties to work as they should. We then added reconfigurable soft points that can adapt and respond to changing circumstances and work patterns.
The result is an office with improved working conditions, more training opportunities and a better experience all round, particularly when bringing new people on board. The Manchester office offers hybrid working, the ability to come together and celebrate, and a direct link to other Acacium spaces.
This workplace represents a positive evolution of our good work in London, with a more fluid, open environment. It fosters collaboration, supports well-being, inclusivity and neurodiversity, and creates opportunities to bring people together.
“Previously, everyone was desk-centric and siloed across multiple floors. The new space has one floor so employees can work in neighbourhoods and bump into people, which creates more opportunities for cross-business learning.” – Dan Pilling, Workplace Strategy Director, TSK