Our second shortlisted project, for the North West Insider Property Awards 2019, was for long-standing client Gazprom Energy:
Gazprom Energy is an award-winning energy supplier with a passion for customer service. Despite being a relatively new player, the company has grown to become one of the UK’s leading business gas suppliers. After Gazprom Energy outgrew its Manchester headquarters, they chose to move to new premises in the Manchester Number 1 First Street development. The move presented an opportunity to refresh its office environment. As a result, Claremont won the contract to provide Cat B fit-out of the new premises, as well as furniture supply.
The main office area is interspersed with breakout areas, including a bespoke huddle space that integrates a furniture pod with a digital screen to allow teams to share ideas and collaborate away from the bustle of the office.
Meeting rooms are fully integrated with technology to facilitate better communication with staff at other sites, with clients and with remote workers. The main boardroom contains AV presentation technology, seamlessly integrated with the environment to allow staff to deliver engaging media-rich presentations, at the touch of a button.
The staff canteen and kitchen areas have been designed to provide a welcoming, convivial atmosphere to encourage Gazprom Energy’s teams to bond and socialize away from the formality of the office environment. The main canteen area contains sofa pods alongside more traditional chairs and tables and makes the most of the view with floor to ceiling windows revealing the Manchester skyline
Gazprom Energy required an open plan environment for 140 staff, incorporating staff breakout areas to enable its workforce to socialise and bond. It also required an impressive reception area and several client meeting rooms, in order to provide a professional and welcoming space for clients and visitors.
One of the touchstones for the project team was the idea that the new offices should be somewhere that staff would want to bring their friends as well as their clients, and this was something the Claremont team needed to keep in mind throughout the delivery of the project.
The building itself was part of a new development, which was originally managed by Carillion. This therefore posed a number of issues after the demise of Carillion due to no management company being in place to co-ordinate with, especially important when considering the building was new, undergoing initial teething problems and had brand new Mechanical & Electrical services. Claremont helped to combat these issues by utilizing a flexible and logical onsite team structure, experienced to work through these issues.
Claremont has worked closely with Gazprom for a number of years and therefore effectively delivered their brand, culture and corporate message throughout the design of the new workplace.
Claremont created a space that feels like home for Gazprom Energy. It combines the principles of agile workplace design to foster greater collaboration and productivity with Claremont’s creative flair for selecting the right furniture, layouts and colour schemes to create a welcoming environment that the organisation is proud to inhabit.
“Claremont understood our vision and our brief, and provided some touches that we hadn’t expected to create an outstanding working environment. As well as looking great and feeling welcoming, the design has some key features that have boosted productivity and helped to take us forward as a business.”
Andy Robinson, Business Services Manager, Gazprom Energy
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