Workplace consultants and designers Morgan Lovell have redesigned their London office and created a model activity-based workplace. We were invited to visit recently and were impressed with the range of spaces.
Staff at Morgan Lovell don’t work in a typical office environment. Each day upon entering the office, they are given the opportunity to sit and work in whatever area they like, whether it be in a quiet meeting room for heads down work, or a more open working environment to collaborate with others. With 11 bookable and non-bookable workspaces, staff and visitors are accommodated for all types of working.
Communal style benches encourage hot-desking and are situated in front of large open windows to reflect the company’s transparency. In addition the new space has removed the barrier of the traditional reception desk, and uses a concierge to welcome visitors. “As a company we feel the new space delivers a flexible collaborative environment which is at the forefront of workplace design,” says Andrew Bradley, managing director.
The new wireless environment also promotes freedom and flexibility throughout the office, allowing people to sit wherever they want. Each element of the new space is a designed to be a fundamental departure from traditional ways of working and provides a buzz of collaboration, innovation and creativity.
Here’s a rundown of the 11 different work zones:
Pitstop. If you’re looking for a quick capture this is the place to make it happen.
Den. Looking for some quality concentration time? This is the place to get your head down and focus.
Show and tell. Flexible presentation and collaboration zone.
Huddle. Nothing says teamwork more than a huddle (we agree!). Gather round this area to take collaboration to a new level.
Noodle. If you ever found yourself perplexed with the problem, this is the space to get away from it all and noodle it.
j.f.d.i. No tables in this room. This space is designed to let the ideas flow and for things to just get done.
Hive. A space that enhances buzz and inspires to collaborate freely.
Studio. A space to reflect and be creative.
Bored room. A playful spin on words but essentially the room where business is done.
Exchange. The space that provides the ideal setting for exchanging information, opinions and ideas.
Cafe. A multipurpose area where people can work, eat and chat!