Sector: Technology
Location: Newcastle & Reading
Scope of works: Design, Fit out, Move Management

The Client:
Originally an American company based in Denver, Swiftpage was recently acquired by Sage. As the company diversified in its products, Swiftpage became autonamous earlier this year and appointed Ben Johnson for the fit out of their new office in Quorum Business Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The Brief:
The company had only 3 months to become fully operational in their new Newcastle office and needed the interior scheme to mirror the design of the Denver office. Swiftpage engaged 4 fit out companies but it was agreed that Ben Johnson had created the best interpretation of the brief at the right budget. The client needed to incorporate 75 staff immediately with scope to grow, together with a number of break-out meeting areas, a training room and boardroom. The scheme also had to incorporate a kitchen facility, software maintenance areas and a creative area which encouraged innovation, free-thinking and strategizing. As part of the brief, all staff members should be visible to others at all times meaning minimum use of restrictive partitioning was required creating an “open plan” working environment.

The Solution:
The creative area was the centrepiece of the plan, easily accessible to all teams, with the workstations arranged in groups of 4 staff clusters. The resource area was centralised, and impromptu meeting areas were created through a combination of mobile seating, meeting pods and fully-glazed cellular rooms. The training Room was easily reconfigurable depending on the specific requirements. The fit out was delivered on time and on budget over 8 weeks in the summer of 2013.

Following the successful fit-out of the Newcastle Office, Ben Johnson was also commissioned to Design & Build the new Reading office for Swiftpage. The scheme was designed to the same themes and palette as Newcastle and Denver. This fit out was achieved within 4 weeks immediately after the Newcastle installation was completed.

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