Stretching away from the reception area, a central avenue of trees, 63m in length, provides a natural gathering point for staff around a coffee bar and break-out areas.
The design nature of our business requires multi-disciplinary team working, collaboration and meetings. The desks are laid out to create a series of ‘neighbourhoods’, designed to allow our different engineering disciplines to collaborate in a variety of breakout spaces. To incorporate all the breakout space we need for these activities, the desk arrangement is based on a desk to person ratio of 1:1.35., with a high proportion of space dedicated to hot-desks for ‘agile’ workers. Chris Everell, one of the lead MEP designers on the project, is now experiencing this arrangement as a WSP employee based at The Mailbox. “Every day you sit next to someone different, which is great for getting to know your colleagues and your team better,” he says. “It really does promote strong collaboration and networking.” Lockers are provided for each member of staff, rather than pedestals, creating flexibility for future changes to our desk arrangements. The configuration of desks, breakout spaces and meeting rooms allow for future expansion, and we also have an option to take over adjacent tenant space on the floor to accommodate future growth.
“There was concern that the desk ratio would be too challenging,” adds Paul Thomas. “In reality, there are rarely days when our team can’t find desks in our own business area. As designers, occupiers and users of the space we are finding it really works.”
For seminars, events, lunchtime yoga, training and meetings a dedicated, 140m2 space, the ‘Town Hall’, provides a flexible space with glazed folding walls to allow natural light to pass through. In addition, areas such as a business lounge, coffee bar, bistro, phone booths, booth seating, training and meeting facilities provide a range of settings for teams to work together, individual working and one-to-one meetings, socialising, formal presentations and large gatherings.