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This global design, engineering and management consultancy business wanted its new office on Birmingham’s prestigious Colmore Row to reflect its hybrid working policy and people-orientated culture as well as deliver an on-brand Arcadis experience - complete with a few local flourishes.
Capitalising on our already strong working relationship with Arcadis we set about creating a professional and architectural design that would not only support the Birmingham office’s hybrid needs but could be replicated in other Arcadis office projects we were working on.
Our team took a nimble approach to the project, responding to challenges as they appeared – such as the absence of the sprinkler system on the Grade A fitout drawings which required swift design adaption on site.
Inclusion and diversity, both central to Arcadis’ culture, heavily informed our design approach. Areas have been designed to cater for neurodiverse employees and ensure spaces that suit users’ different preferences, wants, working styles and tasks.
The design features a variety of activity-based and tech-led work settings with open plan areas, drop in spaces for quick video calls, quiet zones, collaborative areas for team work, and more.
While the overall office design is certainly befitting Arcadis’ brand, it also reflects the city it’s located in. Aspects of the Birmingham skyline and the city’s industrial heritage have informed softer design touches and wall finishes to create a sense of place and give the office its own personal identity.
Arcadis’ new home on Colmore Row perfectly suits the hybrid and flexible needs of its growing team, while also reflecting a large global brand with a local personality.
“With many projects running simultaneously across various countries, it’s easy to sometimes overlook success milestones and miss an opportunity to celebrate the inspirational workplaces we are delivering at Arcadis.
“Our new Birmingham office at 103 Colmore Row is certainly a highlight from the UK over the last 12 months and a project we can be truly proud of. One of the best smart buildings in the city with space booking and innovate tech deployed, a fantastic range of working zones, collaboration/meeting space, break out and focus booths that truly support our people, plus amazing building amenities and views across the city to take in.
Global Workplace Strategy Director, Arcadis.
Really thankful for the great team at Claremont who helped us to shape and deliver this incredible user experience and the Arcadis Global Workplace Team who continue to show the motivation, passion and drive to elevate our spaces, making Arcadis a great place to work. Well done guys!
Toby Chapman, Global Workplace Strategy Director, Arcadis.