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26 PROJECT REPORT: COMMERCIAL & WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENTS


(sixth) floor is the exception, providing a hybrid of breakout space, open plan desks, private spaces and a multi-purpose media/screening room.


Each floor has a small social kitchen area (called a ‘tea point’), facing the lift. This aids “natural wayfinding,” says Eaglesham, and each floor has coworking spaces located to the left, with office and desk space on the right. Between them is a further amenity space, which on some floors house ping-pong tables, or flexible working spaces.


Although each floor has a similar layout, the flexibility for users is wide-ranging. “As a member, you can choose whether you have a fixed desk or an office, and you can specify whether that is a two, three, six or eight person office etc,” explains Eaglesham. They also get to use the amenities such as games rooms, hot desking and venue space.


Curved glass sections at circulation nodes help to bring a further informality to the spaces


moderated on the second floor – the ‘arrival’ floor for visitors as well as subscribing coworking members, which has been designed as a “tranquil green oasis,” to offset the hubbub of Regent Street. In the centre of the floor is a large planted area surrounded by tan leather-covered seating, introducing an informal feel. There is also a large green wall, a technology-enhanced boardroom, and flexible venue space, the design being “all about people,” says Eaglesham. The venue space is designed to rotate between wellbeing classes, coworking space, presentations, and entertainment, as required by members or the client. Floors three to five are the ‘core office


floors,’ supporting “a multitude of agile working styles,” and each providing the same range of features and a broadly similar basic layout. Eaglesham explains: “The client liked the idea that every floor offers the full suite of working styles, rather than – as you would have in a traditional office or some coworking spaces – one floor of meeting rooms, one with amenity and kitchen, and offices on another one. The top


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The architects regularly use the British Council of Offices (BCO) ‘Guide to Specification’ to “set the principles for any scheme,” and, combining the BCO’s standards with HSE guidelines, their space plan created denser areas of private office space that are offset by open, breakout spaces. Also, WC cores were introduced, providing showers and locker facilities on each floor, as well as accessible WCs. For the private offices, a “logical, cellular office layout” which follows a grid pattern to enable glass partitions be removed easily, say the architects. These also maximise natural light into the space. Eaglesham comments: “Office interior design is about trying to let as much as natural light through as possible, so there are lots of transparent partitions and glazing.” Rooflights have been included – both flush within the floor of the terrace, and to the roof of the sixth floor above it.


Curved glass sections at circulation nodes help to bring a further informality to the spaces. “At the heart of the design is a vital sense of community and wellbeing,” says Eaglesham, “interactions are encouraged throughout, with spaces for collaboration, discussion and even relaxation.” There are no artificial plants, but instead a cornucopia of growing ones, meaning plants are visible from every desk. What are said to be “relatively low maintenance” irrigation systems are hidden within the planters as well as in the green wall structure and seating in the second floor welcome area.


In order to help the scheme meet the requirements of the Well Institute (which


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