Clyde & Co
Clyde & Co LLP
City of London
151,000 sq ft
Due Diligence, Fit-out, Interior Design
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Clyde & Co LLP is an international law firm headquartered in London. At the start of the project staff were dispersed across three sites in the City and the desire was to consolidate into a single London headquarters building.
An imminent lease expiry provided the opportunity to reassess their property strategy and create a new working environment that could accommodate future business expansion. After carrying out detailed due diligence and a building study appraisal, Clyde & Co selected to take four floors at the St Botolph building in the City.
Design aspirations for the new scheme included reflecting their strong brand and market position, fostering a sense of community, promoting staff interaction and collaboration, and reinforcing their egalitarian and collegiate culture.
The building's large floorplates enabled the design to consolidate staff across two and a half floors. However, the irregular geometry of the building meant the design needed to work hard to efficiently plan and make best use of the available space in order to meet the business' requirements and provide a comfortable and attractive working environment.
Two-person fee-earner offices with floor to ceiling glazed partitions to allow natural light to penetrate are set around the building's perimeter with open-plan desking for support teams adjacent to them. Break-out spaces with soft seating, centralised large tea points and copying and recycling points creates a collaborative environment where individuals and teams can effectively communicate with each other. The floors also offer satellite libraries, a knowledge centre and hot desks which provides time for the individual in an organisation focused on the whole.
Ensuring parity in accommodation across the various floors and practice groups has also ensured on-going flexibility in-use, minimising the cost of moves and churn as they adapt the space to suit their needs in the future.
The top-floor has been designated as the 'heart space' with staff amenities and client-facing areas co-located and each designed for alternate use. The staff restaurant and coffee bar can also be used for casual client meetings and the wrap around landscaped terraces with their spectacular views across the City make it an ideal location for corporate events in the evening. Adjacent to the restaurant are a suite of multi-purpose meeting rooms and a 100-seat auditorium. These offer environments for confidential meetings, video-conferencing, seminars, private dining and inter-office training.
The client's wish to provide an egalitarian design meant that the executive palette selected for use in high-profile areas has been replicated throughout the general office space creating an overall feel of quality. Materials were carefully selected to enhance the look and feel of the environment as well as for their suitability and durability in long term use.