Motability Operations, the company operating the Motability Scheme on behalf of national charity Motability, appointed Area to create innovative, accessible and environmentally-friendly offices in order to improve the experience of both employees and visitors and bring each building up to a Grade A office facility.
Area managed the design, refurbishment and fit-out of four buildings on Bristol Business Park to create a unique corporate 80,000 sq ft campus for Motability’s 500 employees. Area optimised the layout, functionality and efficiency of each building. Environmental considerations were an important part of the brief, with all of the buildings to be refurbished in line with recommendations and guidelines set out within the BREEAM and Ska accreditation process, as well as achieving “design exemplary” in terms of access. Area’s sister company, Sketch Studios was responsible for managing each phase of the move, with employees relocated around the buildings, rather than taken off site to avoid minimal disruption for the business. Sketch Studios also provided Motability Operations with flexible furniture solutions from leading manufacturers including Ahrend, Herman Miller and W J White.
"Having worked with Motability Operations over two years to design and fit-out their corporate campus at Bristol Business Park, we are delighted with the end result which surpasses the standards required by regulations and incorporates innovative solutions that have helped us be recognised by the prestigious BCO award."
Gary Chandler, Managing Director, Area
The Bristol Business Park campus won the British Council for Offices ‘Fit-out of Workplace’ award, in the highly competitive region of ‘South West of England, Thames Valley & South Wales’. The project was also commended for providing a completely inclusive workplace environment, achieving an unparalleled level of disability access. BS8300 (Accessibility of Buildings Guidelines) was used as a benchmark by Area and all accessible designs and components went over and above any minimum Equality Act requirements.