Bringing together a diverse group of users from four sites to a new flagship research and development building required Claremont to work as part of the consultancy team to design an environment which would develop effective new ways of working.
The 750 staff were used to working in cellular offices and a space strategy needed to be developed to allow for ultimate flexibility in the future. A number of workshop sessions were carried out to ensure that the strategy was understood.
The concept for the atrium space was developed to bring the feeling of the Parklands setting inside and to create an inspiring space to encourage communication and collaboration.
The challenge of sound absorption within an open plan office layout was addressed by creating an internal architecture of acoustic control features and materials that minimises the disruptive effects of background noise.
The open plan space is broken into floor plates by the central atrium which, together with the glass façade, floods the interior with natural light.
The open plan work areas are designed to be flexible, each wing having a central service hub and a combination of bookable private harbours and meeting facilities coupled with an informal breakout space. The atrium space is now the most popular venue for lunch on the campus site, used by visitors as well as the occupants of the building.
Parklands’ design enhances interaction between disciplines, providing flexible open plan spaces and meeting areas to stimulate discussion and knowledge sharing.