Championing workplace transformation at Shoosmiths, Manchester.

October 11, 2017

Claremont and Shoosmiths hosted a workplace transformation event last night to showcase how the law firm’s new office has improved productivity, streamlined business processes and boosted recruitment and retention.

Hosted in Shoosmiths’ new 32,000 sq ft office at XYZ in Spinningfields, Manchester, the event brought together the city’s business leaders and property professionals to provide insight and practical advice around transforming workspaces to drive better business performance.

Head of Shoosmiths Manchester, Vaqas Farooq took to the floor to highlight the firm’s two-year journey to plan, research and deliver the new workplace environment with Claremont and highlighted the benefits it had already delivered for its team.

Vaqas said, “We are very proud to be blazing a trail for law firms in the city, when it comes to rethinking the way our industry works, and we wanted to share what we have learned by helping to bring the ‘agile’ approach to life for other businesses in the region. The event gave us the opportunity to showcase our new offices in an educational manner that we hope will help inform future decisions the business community makes around workspace design.

“We are already reaping numerous benefits as a result of our investment in a progressive workspace. Our agile culture, that empowers our teams to decide how and where they work, is helping us to attract and retain high-calibre employees, for instance. And our focus on collaborative working, enabled by technology and dedicated workspaces, has resulted in more effective teamwork, scaling expertise and improving colleague productivity and well-being.”

Claremont’s Design and Workspace Strategy Director, Sarah-Jane Osborne spoke to the audience about the trends driving workplace change, the effects of a multi-generational workforce, how to create a future-proof workspace that evolves as a company grows and how to increase capacity across an office estate whilst building in flexibility and longevity.

Guests were then given a guided tour of the innovative two-floor workspace, which includes eleven different types of workspace. Workspaces include a ‘garden’ zone, working library, multi-zonal project room, drafting areas, huddle booths and teleconference rooms. Each of the office’s five practice groups has their own ‘neighbourhoods’, which incorporate traditional desk space and collaborative areas.

Sarah-Jane Osborne said: “Shoosmiths has fully embraced the very latest in workspace thinking to increase productivity, collaboration and effectiveness for both the business and its clients. Adopting this progressive approach has put Shoosmiths ahead of the industry change curve and makes the firm a prime example of how workplace investment should have people and processes at its heart.”

Shoosmiths’ new offices in the XYZ Building can be explored via our interactive 360 degree tour: click here to launch the tour.

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