At Home in the Office
Following Google’s recent fit-out of their office space in London, in which they completely remodelled the fourth floor of their office building and brought in everything from sci-fi themed breakout areas to sauna-inspired sofas, there seems to be a new trend emerging when it comes to office refurbishments.
Google’s inspirational office interior is intended to do just that – and many companies are switching onto the fact that a bright, fresh office can be just what’s needed to inspire and motivate the workforce.
While not every company has neither the money nor the inclination to go to the same lengths as Google (let’s face it, sci-fi and bean bags aren’t to everyone’s taste) that’s not to say that a thorough redecoration and the addition of some new furniture won’t do the trick.
In November, serviced office company MWB Business Exchange, which is the UK’s second-largest provider of serviced space and operates 67 centres across the UK, launched a new bespoke design service which allows clients to create their own office space. The ‘Signature Office‘ range allows clients to choose from a series of designs for the interior of their new office, and also to combine elements from different designs and even introduce their own ideas.
The new range has been well received which shows just how important a stylish and properly branded office can be as a reflection of the company.
Taking this notion to the next level, Manchester-based IT company Melbourne Server Hosting has taken this concept to heart by spending ┬ú150,000 on fitting out their office into a new “home”.
According to MD Daniel Keighron-Foster, they’re a family-run business and the team is their “most important asset”, which was behind their decision to “create a home for our family that reflects our ethos”.
Located in Manchester Technopark, the company has completely remodelled their 6,000 sq ft of office space and, like Google, turned traditional interior office design on its head. On entering through the front door, visitors walk straight into an Alice in Wonderland-style garden with kitchen facilities in a potting shed, and even a grassed picnic area for lunchtime breaks.
The main office is open-plan with themed break-out space depending on the occupier’s mood – ranging from a library with Chesterfield sofas and mahogany furniture to an art-deco dining room. Employees can even climb into ‘Narnia’ via a wardrobe.
Daniel adds: “This new space will be a home from home for our staff. With different areas and rooms, we can work from wherever our mood takes us. Creativity and productivity go hand-in-hand and our new office completely reflects our personality.”
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