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DAC Beachcroft's brief tasked Claremont with creating a new global headquarters to support 430 local colleagues and numerous international visitors, with a capacity for growth. The space needed to encourage collaboration as well a quiet reflection and accommodate first-class client-focused facilities – all while using space efficiently, encouraging greater workplace agility and managing the cultural shift for its team.
Create a space that can accomodate an expanding work-force
Provide first-class client-focused facilities
Incorporate DAC Beachcroft new brand identity
Use of sustainable and responsible furniture
One of DAC Beachcroft's main focuses was moving a combination of two locations into one new head office. DAC Beachcroft's new work environment sets as a benchmark in workplace design for forward-thinking agile law firms. The 54,000 sq ft office supports growth and includes countless new facilities and work environments, even though it occupies one third less space than its two previous London offices combined as it facilitates 367 desks to support a headcount of 430 staff.
We also ran a Activity Support Questionnaire (ASQ) which is an online survey issued out to the wider business, we had a 97% total response rate which helps towards the final design making sure every member of staff is accommodated. The ASQ provides a wide range of statistics such as 66.8% of working patterns is spent at a desk to then stats such as 54% of staff are aged 40 under.
Space Utilisation Study
Activity Support Questionnaire
DAC Beachcroft now has a stand-out work environment that sets a new benchmark in workplace design for forward-thinking agile law firms. The 54,000 sq ft office supports growth and includes countless new facilities and work environments, even though it occupies one third less space than its two previous London offices combined. The result is a dynamic workplace that gives colleagues and visitors greater space, freedom, mobility and opportunity to thrive.
Visiting clients are well catered for with an expansive client suite comprising 22 meeting rooms, a 100-seat auditorium, a separate client lounge. The suite conveys professionalism and confidence, reflects the new brand identity and encourages visitors to work on site with independent print facilities and refreshments.
DAC Beachcroft’s international network of offices provided the inspiration for the client suite meeting rooms, each of which subtly reflects where DACB operates and nods to the distinct heritage of those places.
Spread across one floor plate, the main office is fully agile, supported by three project rooms, focus rooms, internal meeting rooms, numerous screened collaboration and project areas and a 100-seat café, which also provides an additional informal work zone.
The agile environment is facilitated by a Condeco desk registration system with interactive welcome screens and individual desk screens to ensure that the 367 desks accommodate DAC Beachcroft’s 430-strong workforce and future expansion.
The overall design concept combines agility, sustainability and biophilia to create a fresh, open-plan and elegant space where employees are encouraged to choose work settings in line with their tasks and day-to-day needs. The use of a natural colour palette, extensive planting and nature-themed acoustic screening has brought a sense of light, calm and wellbeing to the colleague-focused areas.
To show DACB’s commitment to sustainable thinking and environmental responsibility, much of the previous tenant’s partitioning and desking was refurbished. With the addition of screens to fulfil DACB’s ergonomic objectives, the refurbished desks sit perfectly alongside a number of new sit-stand desks, which have been introduced to support the workplace.
This is the fifth project that Claremont has delivered for DAC Beachcroft and once again they have shown themselves to be highly effective at multi-disciplinary project team working and in the face of a challenging and tight programme. They have given us a high quality and rapid response throughout, particularly during the design stage which required 96 modifications to finalise the design for our chosen building. The result is a credit to their expertise, creativity and professionalism and we are thrilled.
Jeffrey Ng, DAC Beachcroft