Wates Group’s HQ in Leatherhead has undergone a bold office transformation to reflect the sort of working environment businesses could be looking for because they commence to welcome colleagues back.
Completed by the company’s specialist fit-out and refurbishment division, Wates Smartspace, the aim of the project was to make a modern, flexible and dynamic working environment, allowing far better collaboration and reflecting what its people want from an working work place in the future.
Designed in collaboration with HNW Architects, the brand new office has been made up of the primary objective of supporting employees making use of their reintroduction back again to office environments from working at home, offering them a casual, flexible and collaborative space.
It comes as Wates responds to employee feedback in what they need from office spaces when lockdown concludes, along with the company’s introduction of new flexible working principles which try to enhance employee wellbeing and productivity.
The brand new office was designed and procured in 10 weeks and in  delivered;under month one, with features including interactive conferencing hubs, bookable workspaces, breakout areas and collaborative meeting areas having an emphasis on space and the more social facet of coming to work.
Touchdown areas include pods and ‘co-labs’ with video conferencing and enclosure systems with acoustic curtains for optional privacy. A designated gathering space has been created for seminars with  also;the latest MS smart hub technology.
The office’s aesthetic includes 3D acoustic screens and a muted approach to company branding, with subtle nods to brand colours in maintaining the office’s more stimulating atmosphere.
Scott Camp, Managing Director of Wates Smartspace, commented: “We embarked with this project at the same time when our go back to work was, and continues to be, quite definitely centre  and front;of mind for many individuals. It has been time for you to interrogate how exactly we do things – to have a progressive approach to check out an easier way.
“We’d an open mind with the look; it’s not a reaction to office trends but instead our very own personal view of what we’d want from the workspace and flexing our creativity in this manner is a very liberating process for the team. Our offices should serve as our arena where we’re inspired to find yourself in ‘work mode’ also to us that is clearly a move from traditional, clinical arguably, environments to spaces which are a lot more invigorating.
“What we’ve created at the Wates Group’s HQ is a pilot work place, a bold test that people will inevitably critique once we begin to understand more about our working practices in a post-Covid world. Working culture is evolving therefore will our workspaces. That’s an extremely exciting prospect for the industry.”