The two companies worked together to create a joint office space offering clients and staff a modern and agile work environment.
Client Morgan Lovell and Overbury (as part of the Morgan Sindall Group plc)
Interior designer: Morgan Lovell
Size: 1,068 sq m
Duration: Nine weeks
Cost: Not disclosed
Words by Emily Martin
Two workspaces became one for Morgan Lovell and Overbury's Southern office after moving into their new joint-office space in the new office campus Maxis in Bracknell earlier this year. Morgan Lovell, which provided the interior design services with Overbury being the contractor for the project, says it was an exceptional project reflecting company values of a 'turnkey' service.
'The new space will allow us to continue to provide an exceptional level of service to all our customers,' says Colin Allan, managing director of Morgan Lovell Southern, which has created a modern and agile working environment prior to its move from nearby Wokingham. 'As both Morgan Lovell and Overbury were relocating, we saw this as an opportunity for both brands to work together to deliver our new offices.'
An informal communal space has Vitra chairs and Osprey table (James Burleigh)
Morgan Lovell's scheme divides the space into three key areas, each demonstrating a different look and feel. The reception area features as an elegant executive space, with the office spaces open plan to show a 'typical work setting' by using different furniture solutions. Smaller meeting rooms, and pods for individual or quiet working, are sited alongside the open-plan environment, which also features fixed workstations for group working.
'The breakout area needed to feel like a space away from the office, which was achieved with a more urban industrial feel,' explains Allen. A large kitchen space, complete with table football, aims to help staff relax during their downtime.
A quiet one-to-one space, with Kala high-back swivel chairs (Connection) and Surf low table (Orangebox)
The project coincides with Bracknell's wider £200m regeneration project, which is 'changing the way people look at the area and its surrounds'. Allen says: 'The ambition of the business community in this region is to create a commercial hub, which is an exciting opportunity for us, and we recognise a real strength in the refurbishment sector. With this in mind, our office afforded us a valuable opportunity to showcase not only our design capabilities, but to support our ways of working.'
Andrew Boyle, managing director of Overbury Southern, comments: 'Bracknell has been our southern base for a number of years. Our new office in Maxis allows us to continue delivering quality projects for our clients across the region, while providing a truly flexible and inspirational workplace that meets the needs of our staff.'
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