DAC Beachcroft LLP is an international law firm headquartered in London and employs in excess of 2,500 lawyers and legal professionals around the world.
DAC Beachcroft’s move to The Walbrook Building in London EC4 represented the culmination of the firm’s real estate strategy for the capital. Claremont was tasked with identifying the firm’s spatial needs and test-fitting and concept space-planning at a number of possible options. The Walbrook was the final selection for DACB’s new global headquarters, bringing the firm’s London colleagues together in one space. Claremont was briefed to provide a full interior design, AV and furniture package, using their agile working expertise and change support experience to deliver a distinct environment that befits the firm’s global reputation.
As DAC Beachcroft’s Fetter Lane office in London approached a lease break, Claremont was tasked with delivering a workplace consultancy exercise to identify DACB’s spatial needs in preparation for an office move. DACB was also keen to use this as an opportunity to explore whether the Minster Court office could be merged with Fetter Lane. As the findings of the two feasibility studies showed the two offices could be integrated, Claremont was tasked with test-fitting and concept space-planning a number of possible London buildings, before securing the contract to undertake the full interior design, AV and furniture package for the final choice – The Walbrook Building.
The brief required Claremont to create a workspace for 430 locally based colleagues, with the capacity to accommodate colleagues visiting from the firm’s national and international network and also to allow for future expansion. The space needed to encourage collaboration as well a quiet reflection and accommodate first-class client-focused facilities – all while using space efficiently, encouraging greater workplace agility and managing the cultural shift for its team. In particular DAC Beachcroft asked for a contemporised work environment befitting its new brand identity.
DAC Beachcroft now has a stand-out work environment that sets a new benchmark in workplace design for forward-thinking agile law firms. The 54,000 sq ft office supports growth and includes countless new facilities and work environments, even though it occupies one third less space than its two previous London offices combined. The result is a dynamic workplace that gives colleagues and visitors greater space, freedom, mobility and opportunity to thrive.
Visiting clients are well catered for with an expansive client suite comprising 22 meeting rooms, a 100-seat auditorium, and a separate client lounge. The suite conveys professionalism and confidence, reflects the new brand identity and encourages visitors to work on site.
DAC Beachcroft’s international network of offices provided the inspiration for the client suite meeting rooms, each of which subtly reflects where DACB operates and nods to the distinct heritage of those places. Spread across one floor plate, the main office is fully agile, supported by three project rooms, focus rooms, internal meeting rooms, numerous screened collaboration and project areas and a 100-seat café, which also provides an additional and informal work zone.
The agile environment is facilitated by a Condeco desk registration system with interactive welcome screens and individual desk screens. The overall design concept combines agility, sustainability and biophilia to create a fresh, open-plan and elegant space colleagues are encouraged to choose work settings in line with their tasks and day-to-day needs. The use of a natural colour palette, extensive planting and nature-themed acoustic screening has brought a sense of light, calm and wellbeing.
Aligned with DACB’s commitment to sustainable thinking and environmental responsibility, much of the previous tenant’s partitioning and desking was refurbished. With the addition of screens to fulfil DACB’s ergonomic objectives, the refurbished desks sit perfectly alongside a number of new sit-stand desks, which have been introduced to support wellbeing in the workplace.
As well as delivering the workplace consultancy and interior design, Claremont also supported the change process, facilitating focus groups and running change-champion meetings to support DAC Beachcroft’s transition from a mix of traditional cellular occupation and agile open plan working, to a fully agile solution. Many transitional activities were supported including storage reduction strategies and campaigns, work practice transition and new technology adoption. In addition, Claremont worked closely with DAC Beachcroft to produce two welcome packs to share practical information and guidelines, new policies, protocols and workplace etiquette with colleagues and clients to help them get the most from the new environment.