BDG Workfutures with N9W designer Erini Kaldelis* were asked to approach the fit out of the new Southwark Council HQ in London Bridge with a view to creating a space that was as fresh and accessible as its employees, banishing the memories of staid government workplaces where penny pinching is prominent and the passionate employees struggle to find a voice.
Southwark Council had to combine all their staff from the 27 different building locations around London into one, they identified that there was a chance for both physical and cultural change in the workplace, and they grabbed this opportunity with both hands. The task to fit 2100 staff into the 17,500 sq/m premises was no mean undertaking, each and every department requiring its own ‘fit for purpose’ facilities as well as an appetite for something new and exciting. BDG delivered a scheme which pivoted around facility, whether it be meeting, eating or pontificating, the space is designed to ensure every thing is at your feet. Views and vistas were promoted whist colour, texture and image intended to catch your imagination in its many guises.
The colours – acidic tones on glazing and furniture compliment the concrete and monotone background, creating an altogether fresh feel to the space. Features include bespoke banquet seating for ad-hoc meetings, lounge areas and touchdown spots adjacent to the atria with light and views…and the little touches such as the charming wallpaper in the staff eating areas. As well as a wonderful place to be in the solution has produced a more efficient and productive workplace, has increased communication and overall a better working culture has been achieved.
When all this comes together you have a sense of community…and you know what they say? ‘practice what you preach’
*This project is the intellectual property of BDG Workfutures, Erini worked as Designer on the project only