SY4 Security was initially a management buyout of BAE Systems’ Applied Intelligence Managed Security Service. Ben Johnson Interiors were introduced to the client as a design and build company that had experience of their chosen building at Marshall Mills. The brief was to create a space that reflected their new brand identity as a leading technology company in the cyber security sector. Secure separation between the client areas and work areas was key with a viewing window in the boardroom to allow the team to present the working office. The design had to be in keeping with the building in terms of style and finish. A team of 45 employees work out of the Leeds office
For the final design, the space is split into two distinct areas:
- Front of house – kitchen/breakout, boardroom, and meeting room
- Secure office area – desking and storage including project space/breakout – accessible via a security fob
provided by Ben Johnson
A client boardroom and meeting room were created from a mixture of solid and glazed partitioning.
The client boardroom incorporated a two-way window with intelligent glazing that could be made either transparent or opaque so SY4 could demonstrate the working team beyond, and control the potential exposure of commercially sensitive data.
Ben Johnson considered and presented a few different desking shapes for the client. SY4 chose a 120-degree pentagon desking system which allowed the team to be in pods of three, with no one directly adjacent to them to enable concentration but also collaboration if necessary.
Whiteboard walls were added to the project meeting room and boardroom to facilitate and support collaboration.
An informal, kitchen breakout area was designed and installed to support client and team breaks.
Ben Johnson Interiors provided design service, fit-out and furniture supply. The fit-out included partitioning, and flooring as well as mechanical and electrical services.
“Ben Johnson Interiors were a key partner in the creation of the SY4 Security presence in Leeds. As someone who
had no experience of any kind of similar project, I found Ben Johnson highly supportive and understanding.
Throughout the process, despite numerous design changes, Emma patiently discussed the intended outcome and
provided advice based upon the environment and brand we were hoping to create whilst being sensitive to the
historical profile of the building and its surroundings. Once the final design had been agreed, the quality of the
project team and the work they delivered was of the highest quality, with the very few snags found being quickly
and efficiently dealt with. Special credit goes to Mark Chisel, the project manager, who kept me informed
throughout the process and was happy to discuss any of the ongoing work professionally and objectively.”