Firstly, Interaction needed to deal with the structure of the dilapidated building. The long-empty office block had concrete cancer, damaged steel structures and contained asbestos.
Stripping the two-story office back to its steel frame, Interaction stabilised the building’s superstructure and rebuilt and clad its shell. New windows were installed alongside full mechanical and electrical services.
Next, Interaction formed an interior space that was flexible enough to facilitate staff’s fast changing work needs. Staff might need to band together within seconds to make urgent decisions and resolve highly complex problems.
This called for a wide variety of formal meeting areas and break out spaces. The interior was also laid out so as to weave together staff from Leonardo MW Ltd and the MoD and create the sense of a cohesive team with a common aim.
Importantly, a large space was set aside for the ‘Work Café’, which was fitted out to be a relaxing area that would draw people from across the office and provide an effortless way for staff to mix, further strengthening relationships.