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Claremont was tasked with refurbishing Weightmans office and consolidating the team into one floorplate. The brief asked for an open plan agile workplace where employees could move freely and work from anywhere, with particular focus on encapsulating Weightmans’ brand and its three core values of radical transparency, teamwork and respect, and enterprise.
Upgrade Weightmans’ office with sufficient agile working areas
Merge two floors into one floorplan
Capture Weightmans’ three core values
Create inspiring ‘Neighborhoods’ for each department
The finished space can accommodate 600 people on 450 desks and comprises a plethora of purpose-designed activity-based spaces. The decision to move away from 120-degree desking in favour of linear desks and to end ‘allocated desks’ helped to make this possible by maximising the available square footage and maintaining a sense of space.
Each department has its own neighbourhood as a base for its team, as well as centralised individual lockers to avoid personalisation of desk space and reverting to ‘owned desk’ habits.
A combination of individual focus rooms for private calls and focused work, booths for one-to-ones and meeting rooms, some with video conferencing included, provide tailored spaces that support how Weightmans’ team works.
The Innovation Hub gives employees a dedicated space for collaboration and innovation and has been equipped with click share and surface hub technologies. A separate Social Hub provides a more relaxed area for employees to come together to socialise and also doubles up as a more informal meeting space.
Wellbeing has been directly factored into the space too with a number of sit stand desks included across the floorplate to encourage greater mobility and the creation of ‘Mindful Mezz’ – a mezzanine floor solely for staff to take quiet time away from their desks in a tech-free zone.
As Claremont first provided the initial interior design and fit-out for Weightmans in this office in 2014, the team was able to demonstrate excellent knowledge of both the building and the client’s needs. This was particularly useful in managing such a large-scale and complex project in just 11 weeks.
reduction in floor space
due to agile working methods
desks to occupy 600 staff
due to agile working methods
due to the end of 'allocated desks'
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