Mills & Reeve asked Claremont to create and deliver a fully agile workspace for its 100 London based employees at its new home at 24 King William Street in London. Prompted by a need for more space, the new environment needed to reflect Mills & Reeve’s reputation as a modern major law firm, offer employees greater choice and agility and create an environment in line with the firm’s dynamic and innovative values.
Claremont has delivered a bold and spirited workplace with a ‘wow’, that completely challenges the idea of a typical legal office. Split across the building’s 7th and 8th floors, the design puts equal focus on the employee and visitor experience and takes many cues from the building’s original brass features and the fluted stonework of local landmark, The Monument. A bold first impression comes from a crisp modern reception space with a statement bulkhead, a striking purple feature wall to reflect Mills & Reeve’s brand colours and a high-shine tiled floor. The neighbouring client suite is well equipped and has a sophisticated colour-palette and feel, with waiting, breakout, refreshment and lounge areas located off the main corridor as well as nine meeting rooms with flexible furniture and bi-fold walls.
Claremont has made full use of the fantastic views from the eighth floor, locating desking on the perimeter and placing the four internal meeting rooms in the more landlocked areas, to maximise light and space. Careful attention to space planning and understanding Mills & Reeve’s agile ambitions has resulted in a ratio of eight desks to ten people, freeing up space for additional facilities and staff resources.
Meeting rooms and collaboration spaces cater for semi-private and team meetings, whilst VC huddle rooms have integrated audio-visual technology for ease of use. Employees can also make use of a well-equipped, relaxing and multi-functional kitchen, a number of informal breakout spaces and an on-site
An almost boutique hotel-like feel has been achieved with the use of high quality materials and design touches such as wooden slatted screens interspersed with acoustic rafts to create areas of privacy, textured wood panels in place of cupboard doors, feature toilet panels and kitchen splashbacks, opulent brass ironmongery and way finding and dedicated gallery spaces for eye-catching artwork.
Biophilia was also part of the design concept, incorporating greenery and nature inspired materials, colours and textures in features such as the kitchen ceiling raft and throughout the client suite.
Despite challenging timescales which included moving desks and storage into the new office at the same time as Mills & Reeve’s people and the IT department , Claremont finished the project to an exceptionally high standard, on time and to budget.