The brief

Following a lease event for network visibility and traffic monitoring vendor, Gigamon, relocated to a larger UK headquarters to support their expanding European operation. Working closely with the client, we were tasked with providing a modern workplace, which supports a new way of working, provides better breakout facilities and enhances collaboration amongst teams.

Our solution

To create a more agile work environment, whilst working within the existing framework of the building and some of the remaining partitions, zoned areas have been designed to help keep teams together and enhance collaboration. A variety of work settings including a work-lounge hub, a central touchdown locker station, a large breakout space, and bench-type seating for informal meetings, have been installed to provide sufficient facilities for Gigamon’s large mobile sales division and the various teams who use the space. Following a request for the server lab to be relocated to the reception area, one key challenge was to ensure the room was soundproof. We provided an appropriate acoustic solution to ensure the visitor experience wasn’t disrupted.

Location
Green Park, Reading
Sq Ft
4,300
Duration
6 weeks

 

"At the project outset, we had a vague idea of how we wanted the office to look and feel, but with Area’s design team taking the time to listen and meet with the team, they were able to understand what was import to us and design the space according to this brief.
The outcome is that the space has far surpassed what we had imagined. We now have stunning facilities for both partner and client meetings, as well as a fantastic working environment for our staff, encouraging better collaboration between the teams."


Team Lead, Gigamon

Project insight

Having worked with the client on two previous projects, our existing relationship with the client meant they were receptive to the quirky design aspects which were suggested. Gigamon’s new workplace has some fantastic new design features including Bolon flooring, bespoke joinery elements, pendant lighting, a feature ceiling, and a unique furniture solution.

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