The Nottingham’s brief was to create a modern and contemporary new headquarters that emphasised the building society’s personality, values and customer focus, while accommodating all members of staff, previously located in three different offices, in one working environment with minimal disruption.
Additional aims were to save office running costs in the long-term, improve efficiency by eliminating the time spent travelling between sites, encourage teamwork and improve communication between staff by moving from cellular offices to a collaborative open plan environment. Claremont collaborated with Mell Projects to deliver the project.
Claremont’s office design truly embodies The Nottingham’s personality and values. The society’s brand colours of blue and green have been used throughout, complementing the mainly neutral colour palette. Graphics relating to The Nottingham’s location emphasise the close link to the city.
The main layout is based on an open plan concept with each of the three floors featuring a range of breakout and informal meeting spaces and newly refurbished WCs, showers, staircases and circulation routes.
The first floor also features a technologically sophisticated training suite in addition to a new cafeteria which doubles up as a multifunctional presentation and meeting area for larger social gatherings and AGMs.
The second floor is home to senior managers and directors with a boardroom that includes video conferencing and presentation systems.
The project’s steering group is particularly delighted that the end result has so closely mirrored the original 3D design visualisations presented at the outset of the project.