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.

Location
One North Bank, Sheffield
Sq Ft
14,000

 

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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