- RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS
Morgan Lovell has completed an office fit out project for TalkTalk Group in Shepherds Bush, London. The client wanted to move their head office away from sister its company, CarPhone Warehouse, in order to establish their own identity. That meant sustainably fitting out a large landmark building for 830 people up to ‘BREEAM’ standards.
The ground floor was designed with flexability in mind, doubling up as an area for meetings and presentations as well as a staff cafeteria, to entice employees to break away from their desks and eat in a more social environment. The guiding principle was to encourage staff to circulate, communicate and to provide a creative and inspiring environment for visitors. The open plan nature of this area is intended to encourage interaction between the two groups. The ground floor space has been divided up into distinct zones, and large LCD screens can be used for client presentations, town hall meetings and sporting events or for separate meetings simultaneously.
Morgan Lovell used FSC and PEFC timber, making it the first UK project where this wood was used extensively for both flooring and joinery. The wooden parquet flooring system used FSC oak timber, which based on experience from Frankfurt airport, was known to be resilient to heavy foot traffic. The several hundred thousand sticks required for the floor were attached using adhesive, and once in place, sanded down. The resulting sawdust was then mixed with more adhesive and used to fill any gaps before a final light sand and application of sealant. A key advantage, as discovered by the client when there was a water leak in the kitchen area soon after it had been laid, is that sections can be easily cut out and replaced and subsequently sanded down and polished, without need to replace the whole floor. Morgan Lovell also installed a smart metering system using 24 wireless sub-meters to track gas, electricity and water usage.
The use of corporate colours was a key component of the fit-out. Each floor uses a different colour from the corporate colour palette, not only reinforcing the corporate brand but helping indicate to staff and visitors alike which of the six floors they are on.
"We want our new offices to be a friendly yet intelligent environment for both staff and visitors, as well as reflecting our commitment to the environment. Morgan Lovell’s approach and sustainable credentials gave us confidence they were the partner to help bring the vision to life."Mark Schmid
Communications Director, TalkTalk Group