Leading interior design consultancy Office Principles has handed over the refurbished UK headquarters of discoverIE Group in Surrey.
Work has been completed on the CAT B refurbishment of the c.6,800 sq ft building in Surrey Research Park, Guildford following an 11-week project.
Office Principles has modernised existing office space within the two-storey building to enable the coexistence of collaborative and focused work spaces.
The project blends discoverIE’s bold and dynamic branding with a muted Scandinavian-style palette, including timber flooring leading from the entrance of the building and lighter colouring throughout.
The upper floor houses six newly refurbished offices and two meeting rooms, including a ‘Zoom room’ for video conferencing, an open plan hotdesk workspace and kitchen.
The lower floor houses two newly refurbished offices, two smaller meeting rooms and a flexible boardroom with a marble-style wall covering, timber flooring with a rug inlay and LED lighting.
Other features include the use of a combination of high-end furniture, with family-style tables and benches for team and project based meetings and private booths for individual work.
Further break out space and flexible working areas have been refurbished on the ground floor, which contains a striking new reception area characterised by a new lightbox and full height glazing that makes good use of natural light into the building.
Office Principles was chosen to deliver the project following a competitive tendering process. Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the interior design consultancy worked with discoverIE for more than 12 months to develop the design concept through virtual meetings.
Works were coordinated with a landlord refurbishment of the WCs, windows, doors and external signage and were completed on time and to budget.
Tom Parsons, sales director at Office Principles said: “discoverIE asked us to refurbish its existing UK headquarters following a lease renewal. We were selected predominantly due to our impressive track record and the strength of our design, which allowed us to give assurances around project delivery times. Our team has successfully delivered a refurbishment that retains the very best elements of a traditional office with a forward-thinking approach. It has created a multipurpose workspace that suits the needs of a modern, diverse workforce.”
Greg Davidson, group general counsel and company secretary from discoverIE Group, said: “The entire process with Office Principles from start to finish was excellent. Their design ideas inspired our thinking, they were flexible in accommodating our constantly changing requirements and, once the design was settled, they delivered on time and within budget. They were a pleasure to deal with throughout and I would not hesitate to recommend them. Our office has been genuinely transformed and everyone here is delighted – well done OP!”