Founded by Victorian philanthropist, Sir Titus Salt, as a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in 1851, Salt’s Mill is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also home to one the world’s leading technology companies, Pace. Working in a market that relies on innovation, forward-thinking and quality, the company realised that it needed the space around it to not only convey the right image, but also to support its forward momentum and, hence, decided to embrace a refurbishment project.
Appointed contractor Claremont identified that the reception and client areas of the mill were not in line with Pace’s brand position and that there were opportunities to create a more innovative and welcoming reception space and client suite for the business.
By analysing Pace’s existing client area, Claremont established that there was insufficient space for meetings and client presentations. An underutilised office space was identified adjacent to the reception, which was turned into a new meeting suite. The reception itself was relocated and redesigned to create a welcoming and impressive space for clients that included a product demonstration area.
A series of flexible meeting rooms were installed with extensive audio visual and multimedia facilities that enable Pace to communicate effectively with its colleagues, suppliers and clients worldwide.
Claremont was careful not to change the structure of the building and to reveal, rather than conceal, its unique features. The high ceilings, arched windows and cast iron columns have been retained and the reception space is a fine example of the way in which the project has effectively ‘rediscovered’ the building, as elements such as columns and ceiling features have been exposed and given a new lease of life.