The client, a worldwide leader in automotive after-market testing technology and diagnostic software, was refurbishing its main UK office in Stockport and had a design brief firmly focused on improving staff wellbeing and collaboration. Egan Reid was chosen to remove and dispose of existing furniture, strip and replace flooring, and fit new furniture across 3 floors, with the project to be completed in 3 phases.
Phase 1, a large open floor home to teams of approximately 50 software developers and engineers, showcases a range of innovative solutions that deliver the client’s expectations, with a design centred around sit‐stand desks and acoustic panels, combining the benefits of an open plan layout with a mix of more private and collaborative spaces within. The electric sit-stand desks allow the users to alternate between seating and standing positions at the touch of a button, encouraging greater mobility and higher levels of activity during the working day. The striking acoustic foam fabric walls address the issue of visual and acoustic privacy which is often problematic in open spaces; they’re also ultra flexible and easy to reconfigure as the teams’ needs evolve. The design also includes a completely bespoke cross‐shaped central collaboration unit divided into 4 spaces, each incorporating a drywipe board and display screen fittings.