Global law firm, Hogan Lovells, wanted to transform ways of working to encourage connectivity and collaboration in the workplace. Forming a part of their organisational transformation, the goal was to create an office design to support company values; such as team integration, community stewardship and technical excellence. M Moser London was engaged for the workplace strategy, design and fit-out of an existing building, transitioning from a traditional cellular offices to a more agile layout.
The project would involve consolidating 250 staff from multiple office sites into one workspace at 21 Holborn Viaduct, supporting a range of business services units including HR, IT, Facilities Management & Engineering and Marketing.
- Managing the change of moving from a traditional cellular workspace to an agile working environment.
- Implementing a new work style to create space for expanded amenities and breakout areas.
- Improving vertical connection between teams through the addition of social floor to the workplace.
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Workplace strategy in the discovery phase
We explored Hogan Lovells’ business to understand the needs of its teams, gathering feedback and engaging with staff to refine our workplace strategy before moving to the next stage. From the study, we uncovered a requirement for more diverse work settings to accommodate a range of team meeting styles and personal preferences.
The best solution would be a mix of agile workspaces and “agile ready” floors to enable staff to achieve various types of work while making optimal use of the available space in the office building.
Boosting employee satisfaction in the workplace
We know that quality social areas encourage people to connect with each other throughout the day and that this can lead to more impactful teamwork. Level 3 of the office is dedicated to this task, providing a space for teams split across different floors to engage with each other.
Featuring agile work areas, this level sits at the middle of the building. A “project room” for teamwork enables people of different disciplines to collaborate. Here, the informal breakout area known as “Fleet Café” is the main lunch space. A broad mix of office furniture options encourage diverse use of the space, which doubles up to host team meetings, events and flexible working for visitors.
Designing “workplace neighbourhoods”
Having occupied multiple locations in Holborn for a number of years, staff highlighted the importance of their connection to the local area. The concept for the office interior was to draw on a familiarity with the texture, colour and scale of different neighbourhood settings, creating clear zones across each of the seven work floors.
Optimising unused office space
The basement floor was previously underused and failed to offer real value to the business. It had been treated as a print room and storage space, with little day-to-day use.
As part of the new workplace strategy, the floor was opened up and split into two sections. One space now acts as a large town hall, featuring video screens for presentations. The other functions as an area for staff to unwind, with a variety of games and space for staff clubs that form a key part of the office culture.
Moving from a traditional cellular office space to an agile working environment has united staff across multiple floors within Hogan Lovells’ new office. Supporting the client’s cultural needs, the space creates a sense of belonging and community, transforming ways of working.
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- Status Completed
- Area 60,000 sq ft
- Completion date 2019
- Location London
- Photographer Marek Sikora Photography