A COSY, WELCOMING AND INSPIRING WORK PLACE – SO MUCH SO STAFF DON’T WANT TO GO HOME
“This project was much more than a commercial development aligned with the usual ergonomic and psychological workspace strategies, this was where people who over the past 10 years had become my friends spent the majority of their life. It was a big deal,” says Sam Stokoe, Design Lead and Director at Newman Gauge.
Marston’s House dated back to a time when the company had far fewer pubs, just one brewery – it now has five and pre-dated mobile phones, computers and there was a significant need for hi-tech information technology to continue to grow and develop. Ceilings were low, windows small and the over enthusiastic security system meant that each department had a controlled access system. A former concrete 1960’s office block in the middle of the City Centre, the building has undergone significant redevelopment, partly demolished, rebuilt and refurbished
Stripping back Marston’s HQ to the shell, Newman Gauge planned the interiors to represent a new modern, flexible working ethos – taking away the walls and barriers of employee engagement and introduced informal work lounges representative of their trade to create cosy spaces using exposed brickwork, wooden panels, pub style pendant lights and warm accent colours for soft furnishings.