The brief

XLN is a fast-growing provider of essential services to small businesses, including telecoms, internet and energy. Rapid growth encouraged the company to add a second floor to its space in One North Bank – a state-of-the-art riverside building in Sheffield.

Having fitted out XLN’s original floor, Area was tasked with taking the design to the next level. The key goals were to establish a connection between the two floors, while creating an appealing space that would help to attract top talent.

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The solution

XLN prides itself on a culture of close-knit teams and mutual support, with the motto ‘work hard, play hard’. Working with XLN’s project managers, we designed and built a welcoming, vibrant social space complete with pool tables, table tennis, car racing simulators, and music lounge.

The client’s Founder was closely engaged with the project, taking a keen interest in the concept and having a clear idea of what was required. The design evolved
through a series of workshops, presentations to the client team and modifications to ensure the final result was exactly right.

The breakout space has a raw, energetic feel, with exposed services and dynamic sporting imagery generating an irresistible buzz. The furniture is a mix of lounge-style sofas and beanbags and colourful contemporary pieces for a stylish modern effect.

Project insight

“There were significant challenges – the design was incredibly important to the client. Everything had to be perfect and we made changes several times, but they love it. The design has given them a modern new space that connects the floors and attracts good quality talent in the area.”
- Spencer Meredith, Project Director, Area


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