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A new workspace in Bermondsey, London for a rapidly expanding financial technology start-up.
Andrew John Simpson
Working to a short timescale, we collaborated closely with the client to create a range of spaces to support a range of working practices within a relatively tight (300m2) area. These included quiet working spaces, informal meeting spaces including a ‘lounge’ and ‘café’, meeting rooms and a breakout area designed to be large enough for every member of the team to eat a burrito together.
The layout was designed to allow for further expansion of the team: breakout spaces and informal meeting areas could become tomorrow’s working spaces. This future-proofed design ensured that the team could stay in the space through their initial expansion, and maximised the value of their investment.
It quickly became apparent that the client, an ambitious tech company, needed more than desk space from this project. We developed a brief to fulfil three key demands: an ergonomic workspace to facilitate efficient team working; a spatial identity to reflect the team’s ethos; a comfortable and inspiring place which encourages socialising and collaboration and which would attract the best applicants for their growing number of positions.
Beyond accommodating their business needs, Paddle’s new office was designed to be a source of pride to the company – a space which aids recruitment and investment. It was designed to create a sense of ownership within the team, a unique space which is enjoyable to be in, and a tool to aid effective, efficient working.
Following the conclusion of this project, Paddle took on more space on the same floor to accommodate more team members, and re-engaged us to design additional working spaces, a full kitchen, shower rooms and meeting rooms.