Taylor Wimpey is a national developer operating at a local level from 24 regional businesses across the UK. When the house builder decided to move its Solihull-based IT Services team and Training Centre to a new location, Claremont was tasked with creating a progressive workplace environment that challenged the traditional idea of a training space, focusing on innovation and collaboration.
Taylor Wimpey’s brief was to identify an appropriate building in Solihull for the teams’ relocation and to design and deliver an environment that would promote new thinking and illustrate Taylor Wimpey’s commitment to personal and team development, all while reducing the group’s training accommodation costs.
The Claremont team provided a full turnkey service to Taylor Wimpey, spanning workplace consultancy, property feasibility and business case rationale through to interior design, fit-out, furniture and the installation of audio-visual solutions.
Using workplace consultancy and property feasibility, Claremont first identified the type of space that Taylor Wimpey’s IT services and training teams needed and then helped to rationalise the 14 possible new buildings down to four, before test-fits and a SWOT analysis revealed the best choice; Blythe Valley.
The finished space is contemporary, flexible and tech-ready and challenges the idea of a traditional training environment thanks to its strong focus on playfulness and bringing people together. The space includes one large breakout area which not only encourages teams to socialise but also acts as an inviting welcome area for all training activities. A larger meeting space features bi-fold walls which can be reconfigured into a large venue or individual spaces as needs dictate. Areas dedicated to play and relaxation, quiet reflection, group work and collaboration are clearly defined and support a positive workplace culture of conviviality and unity.
With a more dynamic, modern and on-brand feel, the Solihull centre has given Taylor Wimpey a training and IT services facility to be proud of and a space that UK-wide employees are hungry to use.