Creating an environment that inspires

Morgan Lovell created a stunning office design and fit out for Morgan Sindall Group plc. Since being founded over 40 years ago, Morgan Sindall Group has challenged the status quo in every industry we work in, so we took the same approach when designing the new head office. The Group wanted to create a unique environment that encouraged collaboration, and created a destination workplace that lives and breathes our core values.

These values are embodied by an expertly engineered tree, which branches out across the office. Symbolically, the tree sits at the heart of the decentralised group of nine companies with one culture. Practically, it connects staff and sets the biophilic tone of the office, while re-defining the paradigm of what a head office can look like.

Spaces were designed for casual and agile working, with a hot-desking bench encircling one side of the office, flanked by cafe-style seating. This provides a mix of environments for staff to work from, complete will all mod-cons you would expect at a permanent workstation.

They absolutely nailed the fit out. What felt like an intangible vision from our CEO was brought to life in a way we couldn’t have imagined at the beginning. We're still finding new details and thoughtful design choices months after moving in!"

 

Sally-Anne Dahl, Group Comms Manager, Morgan Sindall Group

By the numbers

Office size

Waste recycled

Testing joinery package

Office size

Waste recycled

Testing joinery package

Impact

Central to the new design and fit out was the desire to reflect Morgan Sindall Group's core values. 

Morgan Sindall Group truly believe that happy and talented staff are the key to our success, so we wanted to create a place where staff feel at home, and relaxed, enabling them to perform at their best.

We also wanted the fit out to stand the test of time and to minimise its impact on the environment, both from a project perspective and in terms of its running and maintenance costs.

Sustainability

We removed the previous M&E and installed a new that significantly reduced the office’s impact on the environment.

The tree at the centre of the office is made from sustainable timber with traceable FSC certification. The tree and wider office were also delivered using a local supply chain.

The lighting plan was designed to minimise energy consumption, using smart LED lighting to reduce the office’s carbon footprint. We also increased natural light coming into the space, reducing the level of lighting required during daylight hours.

The project achieved an SKA Gold rating.

Wellbeing

In addition to activity-based working spaces, three quiet rooms were added to create a cosy atmosphere, where staff can take a call, have a video conference or simply concentrate away from the open-plan. These rooms are finished
with acoustic-absorbing cork walls that minimise sound transfer and echoes when the spaces are in use.

We wanted the new space to promote movement. From the communal desk encircling the tree, to the cafe-style booth seating, staff are encouraged to work in different settings to complement their current task. All permanent workstations were also finished with electric sit/stand desks, giving staff a greater choice of posture throughout the day.

Creating a social community was a big priority, so we designed a number of communal work and relaxation areas, all linked through the branches of the tree.

An inspiring space

We wanted to create an awe-inspiring and collaborative space for Morgan Sindall Group’s staff. We feel the tree truly reflects this.
 No matter where you are in the office, its branches reach out to you and create a connection with colleagues across the office.

Biophilia is an intrinsic part of the project design - from the timber tree centrepiece, to the hand-crafted meeting room tables, the living moss wall, and the cork finish applied to the quiet room walls. The office creates a deep connection with the natural world. This allows staff to feel a sense of serenity and calm in the office, which acts as a retreat from the bustle of Oxford Circus below.

A people-focused, sustainable space

Morgan Lovell worked in close collaboration with the Morgan Sindall Group to ensure that the new design and fit out were fit for purpose.

A workplace study identified common activities that staff undertook on a day to day basis, and areas that experience high footfall and high occupancy. We were then able to provide settings that supported the most common tasks undertaken in the office, with booths for calls and focused work, touch-down and open meeting spaces to promote collaboration across teams, and a variety of closed meeting spaces to facilitate larger format private meetings. Ergonomic consultants provided individual recommendations for each workstation to ensure individual employee requirements were met.

Central to the new design and fit out was the desire to reflect Morgan Sindall Group's core values. 

The tree truly reflects this, as no matter where you are in the office, whether it be a private booth, the boardroom, or a standing desk, its branches reach out to you and create a collaborative connection with colleagues across the office. Humans have an intrinsic connection with the natural realm, so we wanted to capitalise on this through the office design, ensuring everyone could relate to Morgan Sindall Group’s new sustainable space.

Awards

  • SKA Gold accreditation for minimising environmental impact
  • 2019 BCO Awards finalist 

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