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New collaborative workspace for Claremont HQ

To reflect the needs of its growing 122-strong team, Warrington-based interior design and build business Claremont has invested £450,000 in a new collaborative and sustainable workspace.

Based in Claremont House in Birchwood, Claremont’s new look interior accommodates the increasingly agile and collaborative needs of its project teams and reflects the business’s community-led culture and focus on sustainability.

The project consulted employees about their wants and needs via an all-staff survey and focus groups to shape the design.

Sarah Syson, the Lead Interior Designer on the project said: “We felt it was about time our own workspace made a statement about who we are and what we do as a business. We’ve created a destination office that represents the progression of the business and equips us for continued growth.”

Spread over 7,000 sq. ft – the project includes a complete overhaul of Claremont’s main office floorplate, kitchen space – known as Quench and its client suite. It now comprises a variety of bookable and non-bookable work settings including 22 touchdown desks, four pods for focused work, two phone booths and eight meeting rooms as well as two project zones, five collaboration areas and a wellbeing and multi-faith space.

Particular highlights include:

  • A big dose of brand by using Claremont’s statement C-seat exhibition stand within the design of the main floorplate. It’s not only a selfie-hotspot but can still be removed when Claremont attends exhibitions.
  • A redesigned boardroom with a full wall whiteboard and collaboration bar for team building and brainstorming. Its design and integrated technology enable positive hybrid meeting experiences, ensuring those dialling in feel included, not just a fly on the wall.
  • Neurodiverse design to accommodate different thinking styles – with spaces for quiet work, reflection, collaboration and more.
  • Reusing existing furniture (desks, task chairs, storage etc) to reduce the project’s ecological footprint, as well as the specification of 100 per cent recycled, completely biodegradable and low carbon furniture.

The design and build of the new office took three weeks to complete and was achieved while the team was in occupation.

Tim Frankland, Managing Director of Claremont, which became an Employee Ownership Trust in 2020, commented: “The best workspaces are powerful tools to aid recruitment, retention, and wellbeing. We now have an environment that really reflects who Claremont is and the high standards and creativity we apply to our client’s briefs every day. The space shows we can offer the very best workplace experiences and opportunities to our people.”

To celebrate the new space, Claremont is hosting an open house event for local businesses on 15 September, which will include a tour and a talk on the importance of neurodiversity in the workplace.

Creating a positive visitor experience in a Hybrid world of work

While some personnel are finally returning to the office – the great majority of organisations (up to 83 per cent) anticipate a hybrid mix of on-premises and working from home to continue for the foreseeable future.

This means that when it comes to providing access to the workplace, where once it was simply enough to maintain a welcoming reception for visitors, organisations today must also keep a close eye on access permissions in real-time to keep buildings safe and secure while ensuring they comply with compliance.

Pitney Bowes Smart Access Management in association with FMJ has produced a new White Paper which explains how to create a welcoming, actively managed environment for authorised people.

It explains how new Smart Access Management™ (SAM) delivers a complete, real-time and data-driven view of all your people, visitors and contractors, to help give you greater control and visibility.

To download the white paper click here.

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