Project in a nutshell
Size: 6,000 sq ft
After 14 years in a cramped and restrictive office space, it was time for the expanding Field Marketing Agency eXPD8 to move. 1 Brunswick Square, in the heart of Bristol was the perfect shell to design around, providing first-rate amenities within the floor plate. After only 5 weeks on site, the result is a delighted client and a working environment that allows their team to move towards smarter working practices, to ultimately improve their output.
“Prior to starting this project, we spent considerable time finding an office design and build agency who shared a similar vision and values as eXPD8. We wanted someone who understood our culture and could help us evolve and craft our vision around our business ethos. Interaction clearly demonstrated this from the beginning and quickly grasped what we were trying to achieve with the space.
Throughout the process we have found them to be easy to work with, responsive and flexible. They contributed with some quality design ideas and the result is a progressive office space that completely encapsulates eXPD8. We are delighted with the service that Interaction provided.”
Mark Thurgood, Co-Owner and Founder, eXPD8
An in-depth look
Having occupied a floor on Orchard Street, behind the Bristol Hippodrome, for 14 years, a relocation was overdue. The space had become unable to cater for smarter working practices that eXPD8 aspired towards. It was essential to relocate to a bigger floor plate, with better amenities and more capability, so that they could provide their staff with an environment that will allow for more flexible and agile working.
eXPD8 recognised the importance of providing a happy and healthy working environment, to nurture an efficient and productive workforce. Therefore an important aspect of the brief, was to create an environment that encourages a healthy lifestyle, and reflects the services they provide for their clients.
The design that Interaction conceived was in conjunction with the CAT A space, that provided the ideal backdrop to create and deliver the interior to suit eXPD8’s needs. The result is a stripped back, ‘raw’ design with exposed ceilings and electrical works, that compliments the building and creates an industrial and transparent look.
It was important for eXPD8 to reflect the vibrant and energetic culture through their workplace. Interaction explored their culture and implemented design elements to reflect this. Creating a large breakout area with a graffiti mural on the wall, which encompasses the many successful clients and films that the Marketing Agency have worked with, which include Superman, Batman, Captain America and The Minions! The colourful artwork also reflects the location of the office in central Bristol, which is walking distance to the eclectic area of Stokes Croft, famed for its graffiti scene.
As part of creating a happy and healthy working environment, Interaction explained the importance of ergonomics in the workplace. eXPD8 concurred, and ergonomic furniture was specified to ensure the maximum amount of comfort for their team. Interaction also installed a sweet dispenser in the centre of the workplace, to encourage people to step away from their desks and take a break.
Another way Interaction encouraged people to step away from their desks, was in the design of the breakout area, which also brings a bit of fun to the space. This area boasts a multitude of facilities, including a vending machine, drinks fridges, a hot water tap, breakfast bar, high bench and soft seating; all of which aid in supporting and nurturing wellbeing.
This exciting project in the heart of Bristol, is a fantastic illustration of the benefits of investing in wellbeing and culture in your workplace. The result is an absolutely delighted client, that has seen a discernible positive impact on the business as a consequence of the move. This is definitely something eXPD8 can cELEBR8!