After ECO Surv secured its new blank canvas office space, Eco Surv sought our help to fill and fit out the canvas. The Chorley-based business, which specialises in sustainable building design and software solutions, was looking for furniture and features befitting of a sustainable and staff-centric modern office.
Project Type - New office fit out
Sector - Energy, technology
Project Turnaround - 4 weeks
Project Size - 2,000 sq. ft.
Our relationship began with a series of personal consultation meetings, where we learnt as much as possible about ECO Surv, what the company does, and what it means to its staff and clients.
With the business growing rapidly since its foundation in 2013, it was clear the office needed to accommodate its growing team, inspire and help develop their skills and reflect its employee-focused company culture. As a result, flexibility was key to the scheme’s design, in preparation for new recruits as the team continues to grow.
Conscious that ECO Surv’s recruitment had been doubling, year in, and year out, we designed and provided a layout that can grow with the team. We would maintain the open plan scheme, utilising storage units and acoustic panelling to create separate spaces for different working needs.
At the initial stages of the project, we provided 2D layout drawings and visualisations to the team at ECO Surv. This helped them to feel involved in the process, ensuring it would unfold with clarity and allowing the client to review and provide feedback to our plans for their new office space.
The scheme’s design and the office furniture options were crucial in achieving long-term success for the business. Another core element of the design was to create a space that helped its team to concentrate, and so we ensured that throughout the scheme, the acoustic treatment helped keep noise levels at a minimum.
Lignosi timber acoustic panels and hanging batons were included in the design. These provided a stylish and effective solution to noise problems that open-plan schemes can suffer from. These panels help to soak up noises from throughout the space, allowing staff to achieve better levels of concentration and productivity for the tasks at hand.
Once the concept designs were approved, we began transforming the empty space.
The scope of our work entailed sourcing and installing an entire suite of furniture, from workstations and meeting rooms to room dividers and acoustic panelling. Banks of desks were split into two strips, with a scrum space, consisting of a breakout area with whiteboards for collaborative group sessions. The separating space also comprised open shelves which provided storage solutions, without making the space feel completely closed off.
The storage units also provided ample opportunity to enliven the scheme with pops of biophilia, which offers three-pronged benefits. Not only do they help visually represent ECO Surv’s sustainability-driven business model, but they also help soak up reverberations and improve the air quality of the office.
It was important to distinguish and create different zones throughout the scheme to help each department within ECO Surv operate individually, whilst also feeling like they were part of a bigger, team-wide effort. The support team had different space and functional requirements compared with the software development team, where it was crucial for them to focus within their own space with supporting technology and facilities.
We were successful in creating a fresh and inspiring workplace for the growing ECO Surv team, with its modern design echoing the company’s green ethos.
Nathanial Butters, director at ECO Surv said: “We had a blank canvas and needed it filling. In our previous office space, we didn’t have much in the form of meeting rooms. Here, we needed a space that was flexible and that could cater for the different functions of the business – software development team, support, meeting rooms, sales and business development, and operations. I’d highly recommend Paul and the guys, it was a great experience from start to finish.”