Motability Operations has helped over 3 million people exchange their mobility allowance to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair. Following projects for Motability Operations in Bristol and Motability in Harlow, Area was appointed to transform the London office into an innovative, environmentally-friendly workplace which could ensure universal access for people.
The challenge lay in combining building layout functionality and efficiency, while ensuring longevity.
A modern fit-for-purpose design based around employee wellbeing, offering shower facilities, bike storage, ad-hoc break out areas; plus Braille and other tactile signage. New furniture, seating and storage were installed alongside integrated room booking, video conferencing and intelligent lighting.
The building attained “very good” for BREEAM and “Gold” for the SKA accreditation process for its sustainable and environmental refurbishment. Motability achieved “design exemplary” for access as defined by the British Standard BS 8300.
This ‘in occupation’ refurbishment involved significant out-of-hours work to manage major elements, including removing existing air conditioning and installing a new system. Keeping the building operational throughout was a major challenge, placing a premium on the relationship between both companies.