"The success of the project was down to Claremont's conscientious approach to the initial consultancy. Getting this right meant that everything that followed was aligned to our needs as a business. The creation of our feature library was an inspirational touch." Sean Gammons, Director
Nera is a global firm of economic consultants who use their expertise to apply economic, finance and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. A break in the lease of its London office prompted the firm to survey the property market, and it identified an ideal property at Marble Arch that would enable it to bring teams together more coherently and to provide a more impressive client suite. Claremont came on board to provide consultancy, design and delivery of the new office.
Nera’s previous office had required its teams to be spread out over several floors. The new premises enabled all staff to be accommodated on a single floor, presenting an opportunity for greater communication and unity, but also a challenge in how staff would adapt and make the most of the new working environment.
Nera’s brief required Claremont to use its unique EOS (engage, order, solve) workplace consultancy to analyse the flow of work in the company, and to design a workplace that placed each team within the immediate vicinity of its closest collaborators. This would open up lines of communication and foster a more closely integrated, efficient work environment, enabling greater productivity for the company.
The time frame for the project was tight, with the design process commencing in July, with a site start in September and a handover date in December.
Claremont’s process began with EOS workplace consultancy, working closely with Nera to understand the interdependencies of different teams. The nature of Nera’s work requires a high degree of concentration and the senior consultants have individual offices, which are compact but designed to include integrated storage, in addition to workstations.
The resulting design brings teams together to work more closely than before, streamlining work processes and ultimately driving business performance. Breakout areas provide opportunities for staff to meet and connect, reducing the formality of the office environment.
The reception and client suite now reflect the company’s brand as a global leader, with a bespoke monolith wall in reception featuring a routed-out silhouette of the London skyline. Floor to ceiling glass panels on outer walls maximise the natural light within the building, as well as providing an impressive view of Marble Arch. The seamless glazing allows light to flood through out the space into the open plan areas.
One particular challenge was accommodating the large reference library that the company needs to keep onsite. The Claremont design team came up with an innovative solution. Rather than hiding the resources away at the back of the office, the new layout makes a feature of this important asset, creating a feature library within the office. This reflects the knowledge and expertise that sits at the heart of the business and creates a quiet meeting or reference space for staff.
The success of the project was down to Claremont’s conscientious approach to the initial consultancy. Getting this right meant that everything that followed was aligned to our needs as a business. The creation of our feature library was an inspirational touch.Sean Gammons