Following a lease expiry in their existing building, Grant Thornton relocated their West Sussex operation to alternative premises, and required a workplace solution that would support the agile working model being rolled out across their offices in the UK.
Having delivered numerous projects for Grant Thornton over the past seven years, Area were tasked with creating their dynamic new workspace. Working in close partnership with Grant Thornton’s local team, the brief was to create a collaborative workspace that would support their agile working model, and would be available for clients, partners and staff to use. Situated across a single floorplate, the main objective was to increase engagement amongst staff and the local community.
Giving access to clients, partners and staff alike, Grant Thornton’s new workspace facilitates a number of flexible working and meeting opportunities.
Supporting a new way of working, front-of-house amenities offer a range of work settings from formal meeting and training rooms to informal pods and lounge seating areas.
The back-of-house area has been divided into sit-stand desking and informal breakout space, encouraging movement and collaboration between teams. The large breakout area can be used throughout the working day for a variety of functions including meetings, client presentations, as well as a place for employees to socialise over lunch. To further support their new agile working model, each employee has been provided with a locker meaning each employee has been given sufficient storage space whilst not getting a set desk.
By adopting an agile working model, Grant Thornton have managed to achieve headcount and provide a number of alternative working platforms. To ensure this new way of working would be embraced by all employees, an internal change management programme was implemented. This meant all staff were educated on how each working platform should be used prior to moving into their new space.