Claremont’s brief was to create a modern, open and collaborative workspace to support Taylor Wimpey in introducing more collegiate ways of working. Claremont’s work was carried out in two distinct phases.
The first saw Claremont deliver workplace consultancy to establish the company’s real rather than perceived workplace needs and provide the interior design concept for Washington House.
In the second phase, Claremont took on the fit-out of the space, including furniture and audio visual integration.
The new office has brought Taylor Wimpey’s staff together in a planned, single level working environment for the first time. Managing this transition from large desks and very private departmental spaces to more shared, open and collaborative environments required real sensitivity during the consultation and design process and has been met with a very positive response.
The new office boasts a large open plan workspace with generous soft seating areas designed to support impromptu team meetings. Collaboration is supported further with a large kitchen and breakout area as well as eight informal workspaces in the main office. A boardroom makes use of bi-fold walls for maximum flexibility and nine individual offices have been created for directors’ use.
Claremont’s design response calls on Taylor Wimpey’s work as inspiration. Doors from Taylor Wimpey homes have been used as the doors to the directors’ offices as a reminder of the importance of the customer experience and imagery of Taylor Wimpey developments feature as large wall coverings with dramatic effect.