The brief

Following a substantial recruitment drive, Northgate plc, the FTSE 250 commercial vehicle rental provider, selected the fourth floor of the prestigious R+ building in Reading as its new location for their sales team. Having carried out initial design work for the landlord, Area’s design team already had excellent knowledge of the R+ building and was able to deliver an innovative and well informed presentation to Northgate’s team, which ultimately led to Area being appointed to deliver the 10,000 sq ft project as a design and build process.

Our solution

Following a series of brief development sessions and design workshops with the client, a modern and open-plan working environment was created. The space has been designed to attract talent, as well as enhance their existing culture, whilst also embracing new ways of working. Encouraging agile working, employees have access to a variety of working opportunities, including 1:1 meeting rooms, Skype rooms, part-open project pods, boardroom, and a large breakout space.

Northgate’s new commercial hub in Reading is a new addition to its portfolio; already having an existing base in Darlington. Following the successful project completion, Area are now looking at additional work for Northgate including their office in Darlington.

R+ Building, Reading
Sq Ft
8 weeks


"Area were successful in winning the refurbishment and design of a new regional headquarters we opened in Reading. Throughout the entire process they were helpful, creative, showed initiative and gave suggestions as to how we could improve things. Nothing was ever any trouble and even when we encountered a large leak 3 days before opening ( which was due to the Landlords contractors) they stayed out of hours to help us do whatever was required to still open on schedule. I can whole heatedly recommend them and we are soon to appoint them for further refurbishments. A quality company who deliver what they say they will deliver on time and on budget. I just wish all my suppliers were as professional and reliable!"

Head of UK Property, Northgate Vehicle Hire

Project insight

“This was a new location and modern way of working for Northgate. Working with the client team was a pleasure. They were driven and knew exactly what they wanted. It was a really interactive project that has produced a cracking result, as well as a very happy client.”- Spencer Meredith, Project Director, Area


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