Inspired industrial design: a creative alternative

Our planned CAT A fitout of a 3000 sq ft space in Hilton's Wharf, Greenwich

Great ideas come from great workspaces – and this industrial-style building with sleek, modern styling will be perfect for a business with a creative vision for their new offices.

Our planned CAT A fitout of a 3000 sq ft space in Hilton's Wharf, Greenwich, will transform the area from empty shell to contemporary space – the perfect backdrop for an incoming tenant to grow their business, welcome clients and attract talented staff.

We'll be taking the industrial core of the building and blending it with elegant, present-day aesthetics. Forget the outdated patchwork of office cubes – this space will be open, airy, light and appealing.

Andrew Davis, owner of Perfect Plots, the developer commissioning the project, chose Action Workspace to design and fitout the space after seeing another transformation we carried out in the same building.

"Once I'd seen the amazing work Action Workspace did for Modus Utilities it was a no brainer to work with their team. I can't wait to see the project taking shape over the next few weeks," says Andrew.

Watch this space…


Bright new space for Hanson Wade

Bright new space for Hanson Wade

Hanson Wade builds world leading conferences and data products in high growth industries. We had worked with them previously when they moved into their Victoria office with 80 staff in 2014. Since then, their rapid growth has seen the need to accommodate up to 140 staff. As a result, their existing half of the building’s fourth floor was max-packed with desks and they took the opportunity to acquire the remaining half of the floor when the lease was re-geared.

With Hanson Wade's staff continuing to work while their new space was fitted out, this turnkey project required careful management to connect the two spaces with minimum disruption – all the fitout works were completed in just six weeks.

As well as the much-needed additional desk areas, their workspace now includes a large kitchen and breakout space for company events, a conference room, and additional meeting rooms and areas. The impact of the extra space is dramatic, with the open feel enhanced by a combination of light background shades and bright mid-tone accents.

It's great to see the difference the new space has made; given their continuing growth we are already looking forward to working with Hanson Wade again in the future.


Relocation to SE1

Planning-inc's warehouse office space in SE1

When data and technology agency Planning-inc swapped their old offices in the West End for a large warehouse office space in SE1 they knew they wanted to create something that would capture the essence of their business.

That meant having a space that was dynamic, flexible and stylish. It also had to make staff feel part of the community, encourage growth and inspire creativity.

Managing director James Melhuish said: "Attracting, integrating and retaining staff is hugely important for us, and we wanted to provide a workspace that would enable them to not only feel at home, but also flourish."

We listened to the brief and created a large open-plan office with plenty of natural light, a breakout kitchen and social space, and a striking feature moss wall. We kept the essence of the building intact, leaving exposed brickwork and beams for an industrial aesthetic, but combined it with soft finishes and pops of colour.

James added: "Our old office space was not particularly impressive or inspiring. What we have now is so much more than a functional space; we have created a stylish and collaborative environment that not only our staff love, but we consistently receive fantastic feedback from our clients. The work Action Workspace delivered not only enables us to retain top talent, but is also contributing to the growth of our business."

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modus operandi

Modus Utilities have taken up residence in a new development in Greenwich

High voltage utilities specialist Modus Utilities have taken up residence in a new development in Greenwich that combines office and residential space.

In a sector not typically characterised by creativity, Modus were keen to break the mould with their office move and chose their own way of doing things – by investing in the interior design.

The building has natural light pouring in through full height windows and boasts beautiful views looking out onto the iconic Laban Dance Centre building. The works comprised of a complete 'shell & core' fitout including CAT A elements such air conditioning, power and data, lighting, washrooms, a new mezzanine floor and staircase, and CAT B items including partitioning, kitchens, floorcoverings and bespoke and loose furniture. The interior design is industrial but contemporary; upstairs is light and bright with exposed industrial services, reclaimed timber and pops of colour; downstairs has a different atmosphere; slightly dark and edgy.


New industrial aesthetic at Planning-inc

Vision and design for Planning-inc's stunning new warehouse office in London Bridge

Award winning data and technology agency Planning-inc is at the end of the lease in its West End premises, and has secured a stunning new warehouse office in London Bridge.

Action Workspace interior designer, Kuda Kapuyanyika, is working closely with Planning-inc stakeholders to develop a vision and design; "it’s a beautiful space, so we're keeping in tune with the original exposed beams and brickwork to design a refined industrial aesthetic, using a mix of raw materials and coupling them up with soft finishes and pops of colour."

Planning-inc Managing Director James Melhuish; "I chose Action Workspace as the team delivered an exciting combination of design flair and passion for the project that reflected our own ambitions for what could be achieved".

The new spacious office will give the team plenty of natural light, a large breakout/kitchen/social space and a preserved moss feature wall – all designed to boost happiness, comfort and wellbeing levels when staff move in mid-August.See the new design


London & Colonial

Recently-completed design and fitout of new offices for London and Colonial in Haywards Heath

Action Workspace have just completed the design and fitout of new offices for pensions provider London and Colonial, based in Haywards Heath.

After many years in their old offices London & Colonial made the decision to invest in a new space at nearby Rockwood House, and we were selected to undertake the comprehensive interior design and build scheme.

The finished project gives a clean, practical and functional finish designed around the staff. As you come into the offices on the first floor the main desking area opens out to incorporate a hub of meeting booths and a breakout area. The new kitchen (pictured) features a central island designed to be a focal point for staff and the new washrooms include shower and changing facilities. The new space also boasts AV focussed boardroom and meeting rooms and bespoke storage wall with lockers for staff.


Growth at Hanover

Office space designed and built by Action Workspace for Hanover Communications

Growth at successful PR communications company, Hanover Communications, has seen the headcount rise rapidly, culminating in the need to increase their footprint at their Gray's Inn Road offices.

Last year we undertook an insitu refurbishment to their 3rd floor offices and earlier this year, when they expanded and took on the lease for the 5th floor, we designed and built a space that would answer their practical and creative needs.

By using a combination of multiple 'away from desk' work positions and dedicated hot desk areas we have implemented a 4/5 desk/person ratio across both floors. In turn this has freed up traditional desk-heavy workspace areas to make way for creative spaces such as focussed work pods, phone booths, team collaboration spaces and a library – to take a look around the new space click here


Hat Trick Productions

New reception area, meeting rooms and kitchen/breakout zone for Hat Trick Productions

TV production company Hat Trick (Father Ted, Dinner Date and, of course, Have I Got News For You), moved to Camden Town back in 2008 and have been developing the offices ever since.

Action Workspace have been working with Hat Trick's operations team on space optimisation studies and workplace analysis to maximise their offices and enable company growth.

The main challenge with the space was a large meeting suite, flanked by long diagonal corridors, which made access to the main office difficult. So when Hat Trick reached the decision to refurbish, the main thrust of the brief was to improve layout and accessibility.

Action Workspace lead designer, Lisa Humphreys, was tasked with remodelling the space and injecting energy back into the tired reception and suite of meeting rooms.

A visit to the now completed offices unveils a stunning reception leading to central walkway with meeting spaces on either side.

The new layout takes a clear path through the heart of Hat Trick's editing and post production suites, through the centrally located kitchen and breakout zone and then into the main office area. Lisa comments: "for anyone visiting Hat Trick and walking through the building it's a journey that unfolds as you walk deeper into the space - in particular the large Flexi space with writable folding walls where the client will hold test scripts and run-throughs of shows".

See visuals and photos of the new reception area, meeting rooms and kitchen/breakout zone here.



3D visualisations of design concpet for Softwire at Highgate Studios

We've just started work in Highgate Studios for rapidly growing software company, Softwire.

Increased staff headcount is driving this exciting phased project that will see the Action Workspace team refurbishing two units in this popular North London location. The works are being undertaken across two separate buildings and the reconfigured units will give optimised workspace, additional meeting rooms, breakout spaces and a gym. The reactive nature of Softwire's business means time can’t stand still for a second so we’ll be keeping staff fully operational during the in situ works by moving people from to one unit to another while work is being completed.

For a flavour of how the space will look click through our design visuals; when works are complete we’ll post photos of the finished article.



Refurbishment of finnCap's offices in Broad Street, EC2

finnCap is an entrepreneurial, employee owned corporate advisor and broker located in New Broad Street, EC2. We recently completed a 3 phase refurbishment of their 8,600 sq ft offices focusing on client facing spaces as well as breakout areas and staff workspace.

Working to a sophisticated and sleek design, our projects team devised an intelligent programme to keep the 100 strong team operational at all times, with minimum disruption. Michelle Woodger, PA to CEO Sam Smith, was pleasantly surprised how little disruption the 10 week project caused; "I had a bad experience with a previous project where promises and commitments never materialised and dates quickly slipped into oblivion. In contrast AW kept the project on time and importantly on budget, whilst delivering the creative design we signed off on".


Office Relocation: What, Where and How Much?

Mark O’Neill of Bond Woodhouse, at Action Workspace’s relocation seminar in March 2017

'What, Where and How Much?' were just some of the questions answered by property consultant Mark O'Neill, from Bond Woodhouse, at Action Workspace's relocation seminar last month. Attendees picked up key pointers to guide them through a London property search, as well as learning how to plan, manage and survive an office move. Recent office mover Tina Judic, CEO at Found, joined us to share her experiences of relocating into offices above Smithfield Market, Farringdon. Anyone facing an office move or refurbishment of their existing space can get in touch for details on future seminars


Found at home

Incredible new office space above Smithfield Market in Farringdon for London digital agency, Found

London digital agency, Found, have relocated to an incredible new office space above Smithfield Market in Farringdon.

We were appointed by Found CEO, Tina Judic, to design and fitout the space and we worked closely with her to turn an unusually long skinny space, lacking in character, into a quirky and inspirational home for the fast growing agency.

The breakout area and bar has become the heartbeat of staff collaboration and the client-facing areas have been designed to give a homely feel with the installation of themed meeting rooms such as The Dining Room, The Conservatory and The Loft. To look around Found's new space click here.


Hanover Communications

Design concept for a fitout at London agency Hanover Communications

For any business rapid growth and a diverse client base are nice problems to have. And yet that's precisely what made the office design brief from London communications agency Hanover a challenge. The brief outlined the need for a space that could accommodate growth whilst visually reflecting the diversity of the business and its client base.

For a solution we tapped into Hanover's own mantra "we make uncommon sense". Looking at current and projected staff numbers and how the office is used, we saw that occupancy would rarely be 100% so it was logical that a 4/5 desk/person ratio would work. By combining a smart blend of IT flexibility, 'away from desk' work positions and hot desking, our design team have come up with a brief solving solution that works with how many people are in the office at any given time, rather than the total number of staff.

The space will give staff a variety of environments to work in with the design including a collaboration space which can be quickly turned into a seminar space for external and internal events.


Farm & Stable Relocation

Relocation and refurbished offices for equestrian specialists Farm & Stable

For equestrian specialists Farm & Stable, relocating offices presented the chance to inject some flexibility into the new workspace. The relocation and refurbishment was completed over a 5 week period and the needs of the staff were the focal point of the design. As well as a new desk-based work zone the refurbishment created a kitchen area with a horse shoe breakfast bar. The kitchen area is primarily a place for staff somewhere to sit and relax during lunchtime but the space is designed for different uses; the kitchen itself is part of a larger, relaxed collaboration area with tables and chairs that can be used for meetings, working away from your desk or just a place to sit and chat with colleagues. To take a look around the new Farm & Stable workspace design click here.


Office Relocation: take time to think

Ivan Holding, Managing Director of Action Workspace, speaking about planning for an office move at Action's seminar in Clerkenwell

That was the key message from guest speaker Rick Jones at Wednesday's seminar: Managing and Surviving your Office Move.  'Investing in the thinking' before you relocate will pay off.  Sounds obvious, so why did this message resonate so clearly with both attendees and event organisers?  There are many reasons, some of them detailed, as to why, but the main top level points were:

  • if you're relocating there's more to think about, decide on and plan than most people realise;
  • there's a good list of administrative boxes to tick that are all too easily overlooked and;
  • if you're relocating offices start the planning process early; there's no such thing as starting too early.

Seminar attendees also heard from Mark O'Neill, Bond Woodhouse, on the temperature of the current London property market and from Nathan Hurley, Orangebox, on the Free Range Office and the principles of Proximity, Privacy and Permission.  To get notes from the seminar, request a copy of 20 Things to ensure Office Relocation Success or get updates on future events email