The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Wates Smartspace Unveils Post-Pandemic Office

20 July 2021
 

National fit-out and refurbishment specialist Wates Smartspace has completed a bold office transformation at the Wates Group’s Head Office in Leatherhead, to reflect the type of working environment businesses may be looking for as they begin to welcome colleagues back.

The objective of the project was to create a modern, dynamic and flexible working environment, allowing more effective collaboration and reflecting what our people want from an office space in the future. 

 

"Our offices should serve as our arena where we’re inspired to get into work mode and to us that is a move away from traditional, arguably clinical, environments to spaces that are much more invigorating."

 

– Scott Camp
Managing Director, Wates Smartspace

 

Boosting Confidence in Office Returns Through Design

 

Designed in collaboration with HNW Architects, the new office has been created with the main objective of supporting employees with their reintroduction back to office environments from working from home, offering them an informal, flexible and collaborative space. 

It comes as Wates responds to employee feedback about what they want from office spaces when lockdown comes to an end, as well as the company’s introduction of new flexible working principles which aim to enhance employee well-being and productivity. 

The new office was designed and procured in 10 weeks and delivered in under one month, with features including interactive conferencing hubs, bookable workspaces, breakout areas and collaborative meeting areas with an emphasis on space and the more social aspect of being at work. 

Touchdown areas include pods and "co-labs" with video conferencing and enclosure systems with acoustic curtains for optional privacy. A designated gathering space has also been designed for seminars with the latest MS smart hub technology. 

The office’s aesthetic includes 3D acoustic screens and a muted approach to company branding, with subtle nods to brand colours in keeping with the office’s more relaxed atmosphere. 

ThisWeekinFM attended Clerkenwell Design Week, which was held from 6 to 8 July 2021 and showcased a range of similarly future-focused workplace interiors, such as Spacestor, creators of workspace furniture that combines California cool with London design. Watch the video to see some other modern office innovations highlighted.

Further options for Office Interiors and Interior Designers can be found in the Spotted Cow Media Business Directory.

 

Image

Picture: Wates Smartspace office design at Wates Group’s Head Office in Leatherhead.

 

Readdressing Their Approach

 

“We embarked on this project at a time when our return to work was, and is still, very much front and centre of mind for many people,” said Scott Camp, Managing Director of Wates Smartspace. “It has been the perfect time to interrogate how we do things – to take a progressive approach and look for a better way. 

He continued: “We had an open mind with the design – it’s not a response to office trends but rather our own personal view of what we would want from a workspace and flexing our creativity in this way has been a very liberating process for the team. Our offices should serve as our arena where we’re inspired to get into work mode and to us that is a move away from traditional, arguably clinical, environments to spaces that are much more invigorating. 

“What we have created at the Wates Group’s Head Office is a pilot office space, a bold test that we will inevitably critique as we start to understand more about our working practices in a post-Covid world. Working culture is evolving and so will our workspaces. That’s a very exciting prospect for our industry.” 

 

Picture: Wates Smartspace office design at Wates Group’s Head Office in Leatherhead.

Article written by Bailey Sparkes | Published 20 July 2021

Share



Related Articles

Changing Office Design to Create a Safe Space

According to union safety representatives, some businesses may be asking employees to return to unsafe workplaces as restrictions start to lift across the UK, but...

 Read Full Article
Home Working – Communication Habits

One-in-five UK workers now have their work instant messaging app on their personal mobile phone, according to new research from by B2B furniture  e-commerce...

 Read Full Article
BW Workplace Experts Refurb for UK Gov in Westminster

BW: Workplace Experts has recently completed the strip out, Cat B fit out and refurbishment works on a government project in Westminster, London. The project involved the...

 Read Full Article
UK Workers Unsure on Returning to Office Without Vaccine

Around half of UK office workers feel confident about returning to work without a fully vaccinated workplace. Research shows that 80 per cent of UK office...

 Read Full Article
Groundbreaking Refurb by Office Principles in Birmingham

Office Principles has completed work on the first phase of a £1.6m office refurbishment in Birmingham, that delivers a state-of-the-art antiviral lighting and air...

 Read Full Article
Half of UK Employees Want Access to Workplace Virus Data

Infogrid has announced the results of a survey it conducted on what employees expectations for a healthy workplace are, as restrictions ease in England. Surveying...

 Read Full Article
Manchester Studio Completes Iconic Office Refurbishment Projects

Community, creativity and health are three key pillars of four iconic Manchester refurbishment projects, completed by Independent design practice, Sheila Bird...

 Read Full Article
78 Per Cent of People Feel There is a High Risk of Germs in Offices

Despite COVID secure guidelines for workplaces, three out of four people still feel there is a moderate to high risk of germs in an office building. A recent survey...

 Read Full Article
Colouring the Office – Making Workers Comfortable in 2020

Dulux Trade Commercial Colour Consultant, Lisa J Pilley, explores how redecorating the office can help boost the wellbeing of staff as they return to the...

 Read Full Article
2019 Best Cities For Generation Z

Co-working spaces have helped London become the No.1 destination for Generation Z workers according to the 2019 Generation Z city index. London scored a perfect...

 Read Full Article