Today’s hybrid working is prompting numerous companies to re-think their office design. They appreciate the physical layout and décor can positively influence the health & wellbeing of employees, resulting in better performance. One of the world’s leading premium car manufacturers exemplifies the point – a recent comprehensive re-design and fit-out of its UK head office features Armourcoat‘s Perlata.
The aim was to deliver an activity based working environment in which everyone can move around to the most suitable spot to work depending on the moment of the day, and the task at hand- to create an environment where employees feel happy to be at work.
Thus, the 2,000 square metre space across three floors has been reconfigured to combine offices, work/ touch-down spaces and meeting facilities with a ground floor reception open working space.
As part of a more hospitality-based ground floor collaboration zone, interior design consultant Meda created two distinct lounges which would allow staff to engage with other members, or work individually, in different zones offering different experiences of space.
Armourcoat’s Perlata architectural coating in silver was chosen for a feature fireplace wall in the ground floor, which also includes two smart screens , and helps divide a more public drop-in lounge from a more discreet private zone at the rear.
Armourcoat Perlata is available in 96 colours. Created from a matte basecoat and multiple pearlescent topcoat layers, Perlata is formulated to prevent mould, mildew and bacterial growth making it suitable for use in most internal environments, including bathrooms and swimming pools. It has a low VOC and is stain resistant and can be scrubbed/wiped clean.
John Meade, Design Director at Meda, comments: “Understated quality and luxury is inherent in the client’s brand. Alongside that, the client believes that it is essential that the office environment encourages productivity, increases efficiency, and boosts the wellbeing of the staff.
“The ultimate aim of our feature lounge spaces was to embrace the residential themes that many staff will have become all too familiar with, and by showing that these experiences exist in the workplace, we feel will ultimately help in the transition back into the workplace.
“The rich finish of Perlata and the depth it brings to the wall surface are instrumental in reflecting all those aspirations in the new-look head office. Perlata’s durability and stain resistance also made it a practical choice within a working environment.”
Kim Farley, Workplace Experience Facilities Manager for Active Workplace Solutions, adds: “We all know how important first impressions are. When John showed us the Perlata sample, we knew it was the right finish for the reception, bringing an understated yet premium feel, in a colour that mirrored the corporate identity. It is a detail that helps create a working environment that the employees are proud to be a part of.”
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