LCF Law was moving within Leeds from Sovereign Street to a two storey office in Park Place. The first floor was to include the client facing area and had to be smart and corporate, as well as comfortable. The staff working area on first and ground floor was to offer a practical, flexible, productive office for 2020 and beyond, as well be as a place where people would enjoy working. Both floors were to be connected by an internal staircase which would be a centrepiece of the design. The workplace had to offer a more modern atmosphere open and accommodating to people working flexibly, part home/ part office + lawyers visiting from other offices.
Ben Johnson Interiors has created an appealing, contemporary, yet business-like workplace for LCF Law. The existing reception area in the building has been enlarged and the entry door repositioned to provide a more spacious, welcoming entrance with manned reception desk and comfortable seating for initial, informal meetings. An elegant, open steel staircase has been installed between floors to link staff working on different floors and encourage collaborative working. Intermittent glass balustrades have been fitted to the staircase to offer privacy to the ground floor working area as well as natural light. Three client meeting rooms have been provided on the first floor off the main reception.
Both ground and first floor styles and colours complement each other and are aligned with LCF Law’s brand and other offices in Harrogate, Bradford, and Ilkley. The first and ground floor working area has been fitted with over 50 excellent quality workstations. There is ample storage. Internal booths and comfortable seating have been added for informal work collaboration with two rooms have been fitted out for more private internal meetings. A large breakout area has been created with comfortable seating and kitchen facilities for staff to relax during breaks.
“Having worked with Ben Johnson Interiors for over six years on three fit-outs I trust the quality of their work. We have a budget in mind for a fit out and Ben Johnsons work with us. In 2019 looking to locate new Leeds premises which would accommodate growth in staff numbers; provide an enhanced environment for our colleagues but also mindful of the move to more flexible working of office staff, I needed to manage a space for our team which would be welcoming as well as reputation-enhancing for visitors.
“To make the space work across two floors we needed an internal staircase. The Ben Johnson team delivered in terms of design making use of the natural light available to make the space a good practical working environment with which our staff were impressed and remain impressed. Design is only one element – the practical fit out and delivery is then the test. On every project with which I have worked with Ben Johnson working with the fit-out team has been a real partnership project from first coming on site to start the build, to the installation of the furniture on the day before we welcomed staff to their new home. On time. On Budget.”