Claremont has won the coveted contract to deliver the interior design and fit-out of TalkTalk’s new Soapworks office in Salford.
TalkTalk will occupy 106,000 sq ft across five floors at Salford Quays’ Soapworks, the former Colgate-Palmolive factory on Ordsall Lane, when it relocates its Irlam and Warrington sites in early 2017.
Thought to be the North West’s largest fit-out project of the year, Warrington-based Claremont won two separate competitive tenders to secure the work – the first to provide the design consultancy and the second to fit out the interior over 21 weeks.
The building’s history as a Colgate-Palmolive factory inspired Claremont’s creative response, which combines innovation and manufacturing to tell the story of the building’s industrial heritage and Talk Talk’s digital-focused future.
The five floors will include an idyllic picnic heath, an industrial inspired café and the latest in workplace technology including various Talk Talk software platforms for the workplace and its customers. Key design features include cutting through the floors to form a large central staircase to integrate the floors and improve the flow of people around the building. The concrete from this will be reused to make striking bespoke furniture, while a large sculpture will be made from more than 2,000 bars of soap. Artwork inspired by the ‘inventors of Manchester’ will appear throughout.
Ken Bundy, Creative Director of Claremont and the project lead for the new TalkTalk office, said: “This is our biggest project to date and involves every part of our expertise and resource. From the outset, we’ve seen this brief as one that requires strong, creative storytelling in order to fulfill TalkTalk’s ambitions for a dynamic, tech-enabled and agile work environment.
“The finished space will strike a balance between bringing the TalkTalk brand to life and showcasing the building’s history. It’s a vast, fantastically challenging and highly innovative brief and it’s testament to the combined commitment and passion of the whole Claremont team that we won the project.”
The agile workspace will include a variety of activity-based and mobile work settings, team neighbourhoods and individual workspaces designed to empower employees to choose the right space for themselves.
Designed to accommodate 1,500 employees and provide room for expansion as the company grows, the new office will bring all of TalkTalk’s North West employees together under one roof for the first time.
Nigel Sullivan, Group HR Director at TalkTalk, said: “As a technology company, it’s important that our working environment reflects our ‘digital first’ culture. Claremont was quick to understand what we require of a workplace and has devised an environment that far exceeds our expectations. It’s exciting to be moving to a building that offers class-leading facilities that are in keeping with our credentials as a value player and to work within a space that has been designed to our team’s specific needs both now and in the future.”