SHEFFIELD is one of the most distinctive regional business capitals in the United Kingdom. Its metropolitan area, with a population of more than 1.5m people, is the third largest residential district in England. Famous globally in the 19th century for its innovative productions of crucible and stainless steel, Sheffield was historically one of England’s industrial engine, but it has evolved into a multi-faceted economic powerhouse. Incredibly, the city alone has more than 250 parks, woodlands and gardens. In fact, almost two thirds of its entire space is green, with a third of the city area lying inside the Peak District National Park. Sheffield’s heart beats with a palpable regional character, and has a thriving cultural profile. Its reviving economy has seen extensive urban redevelopment in recent years, and even the sleekest of the new offices fit-outs and refurbishments remain shot through with distinctive Sheffield character and charm. For creative Office design. Sheffield is one of the cities that empathically throws down the gauntlet for the UK as a global hub of cool office layouts and commercial architecture inspiration. Here are just six of the best examples of creative office design to be found in the city.
1. We Are
Ovo Spaces (formerly Structural Interiors) designed the new offices of branding and design agency We Are located in Sheffield, England. To call We Are’s headquarters a creative office design is to damn it with faint praise. A Mixology North 2015 Award Winning Project, the offices are set out in a Grade II Listed Grain Warehouse on the city’s Victoria Quays, built in the early 1800s and largely neglected. It was a painstaking refurbishment project, creating an amazing space that is altogether apt for such a leading-edge creative design agency as We Are.
2. The Balance
Also noted for its creative office design qualities is The Balance, situated in the heart of Sheffield city centre. The Balance has proved a popular base of operations for many businesses in the city in recent years. The landmark building, with its spaciousness and facilities, as well as its convenient location, has attracted some of Sheffield’s best known businesses including Plusnet, Hill Dickinson, Access Computer Consulting, Horwich Farrelly and Protocol Education.
3. Electric Works
Electric Works embodies some of the best aspects of the most creative office design throughout its serviced office spaces. It provides a welcoming, professional environment for a large number of fast-growing creative, digital, technology and media companies. The building also stands out by virtue of some quite eye-popping interior design work and features throughout. The flexible spaces cater for everything from small start-ups to larger organisations of more than 60 employees, not only providing them with an amazingly inspiring work environment, but also a range of top notch facilities and services, including a slide that delivers users from the top floor to the reception in just seven seconds. There can be fewer more satisfying ways to get inspired during a tough working day!
4. Ovo Spaces
Previously Structural Interiors, Ovo Spaces had its workplace remodelled along with the business rebrand that set out to reinvigorate and refresh the image of the company. The rebrand and remodel was handled by Vivid Creative, and boasts all the hallmarks of the signature stylings that Ovo brings to its own clients (see We Are at item 1, above). The offices are beautifully simple and elegantly functional, emphasising the core values that form the Ovo ethos, which works not only as an inspiring spur to employees, but also as a fantastic showcase for the Ovo core values and skills, for prospective clients of the firm.
5. Bluestone Credit Management
The DL Company was appointed to fit out Bluestone Credit Management‘s workplace in Sheffield, giving it a fresh, modern feel. The inspiring nature of this office is evident in the enthusiasm with which Anne Roberts of Bluestone Credit Services hails the fit-out project by The DL Company as “a high quality office environment” that meets all of the firm’s professional needs and requirements. There is also a notable degree of ‘ownership’ of the project among the team at Bluestone, Anne Roberts also having noted the close and enthusiastic working relationship between the designers and Bluestone’s internal team during the fit-out.
6. STA Travel
STA Travel’s Sheffield branch was the first of the travel agency’s newly designed retail spaces, and a preparation for a refurb and remodel rollout throughout all of the businesses High Street outlets. The redesign was carried out by Domino Interiors, to create an open, spacious and airy atmosphere, dramatically offset by a vibrant colour scheme. It has been an instant success with staff, and led to an immediate increase in sales.
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