The Vision

The Vision

Development Initiatives [DI] is a global organisation focused on putting data-driven decision-making at the heart of poverty eradication.

Based in Bristol, their expiring lease turned into a great opportunity to reassess their organisational needs. With an office that felt cramped and uninspiring, they looked for our help in moving to the recently refurbished Quorum and creating an accessible, welcoming and collaborative workspace, better suited to the flexible requirements of post-pandemic working.

As a charity, it was important from the onset we reused as many existing elements as possible to maximise the budget. This meant we focused on how we could enhance the space.

The Action

The Action

This design and build project was dedicated to creating the right atmosphere through visual and decorative works. The design process was collaborative with DI playing an active role in the process.

The brief revolved around creating a hub-like space that employees would be eager to return to.

A key focus of the space is the social side of the office; a large tea point and break out area. To amplify the relaxed, collaborative atmosphere we added a central island to easily gather round, complete with booth seating. To promote a sense of togetherness we needed to create an inviting community space.

DI’s new workplace needed to provide a mix of collaboration and work stations to suit any given task, giving employees the freedom over how they work while they’re in the office. DI have a neurodiverse team, and it was important to ensure every member of staff had a place to feel comfortable, secure and productive.

Throughout the office we have reused existing furniture and combined it with interior styling to help bridge the gap between home and the office. Soft touches make the space feel homely yet vibrant, using a mix of natural materials, textures and an earthy colour palette.

DI had some sentimental artwork like tapestries they’ve been gifted over the years; these were incorporated as focal points in the wider design.
Stepping away from traditional white walls, there are subtle yet striking features like Bauwerk limewash paint in the reception and breakout spaces which closely aligns and compliments their branding.

Finally, to acknowledge their global presence with roots in Africa and an offices in London and Washington, there are clocks throughout the space that help keep everyone from different time zones in sync.

The Result

The Result

After 6 week on site, the project was delivered swiftly and without complications.

Arriving at DI, you are greeted with an inviting and welcoming reception space; Bauwerk limewash wall, plush velvet chairs with soft throws, a striking backlit branded sign and an incredible piece of African tapestry.

This people-centric business now has a fantastic tea point and breakout space which is the focal point of the space; offering a place to relax, eat, and socialise. The open plan tea point is complete with an array of refreshments and an Vi instant water dispensing tap.

Across from here is a multi-functional space for people to come together.

In the main workspace there are multiple places to work and collaborate; at a desk, at the central high bench, in an enclosed booth, or together at the centrepiece Ocee FourReal collaboration table surrounded by biophilia.

Other flexible areas include the addition of two new meeting rooms. The larger boardroom is ideal for company meetings and training with the potential to double up as a yoga studio. Both are finished with DI manifestation.

The space feels homely and inviting, enticing people back to the office and providing an incredible alternative to working from home.

Key Design Features

  • Earthy colour palette to complement existing art collection
  • Installation of island in tea point
  • Vi instant water dispensing tap
  • Plenty of soft touches to promote feeling of home from home
  • Bauwerk limewash paint, a natural eco-friendly paint
  • Mix of collaboration points
  • Plenty of biophilia through natural light and greenery

The Vision

The Vision

Granger Reis are an award-winning executive search agency with a twist, combining a non-traditional approach with bags of personality and a determination to do things differently.

They needed a space which better represented their character and values, while offering their staff a destination workplace flexible enough to accommodate any kind of work. Relocation was driven by a desire to be in a central location, opting for one of Bristol’s most prominent office buildings – One Redcliffe Street in the heart of Bristol City Centre.

Granger Reis wanted to create a comfortable, collaborative environment to accommodate their new flexible working policy. It was essential that everyone could move seamlessly between home and the office.

The Action

The Action

Granger Reis wanted a beautiful and inviting space for people to enjoy. It was important that the space felt different from the minute you enter; as far removed as possible from old-fashioned ideas of an office.

Instant impact is generated through a colour scheme that goes beyond their brand palate; navy, mauve and dusty pink work together to create a sense of comfort, relaxation and inclusiveness. It’s immediately apparent you’re stepping into a world far removed from blue carpet tiles, unforgiving lighting and uncomfortable chairs.

Throughout the space unique design features include bespoke coloured aluminium framework and repeating hexagons - a subtle nod to the beehive and its associations of effort and collaboration.

During the design and build we added partitions to transform the open plan space into a functional ‘broken plan’ space. This was key to creating an environment which promotes collaboration and communication while balancing the need for privacy and fewer distractions.

The nature of Granger Reis’s work often entails interviews, so we created two meeting rooms enabled by seamless technology, allowing for in-person meetings and video conferencing. The meeting rooms have been strategically positioned to help split the working environment from the socialising area.

We’re committed to delivering what we call “perfection at pace” and many elements in this project were programme-critical with key dates in the first 3 weeks we had to meet to ensure a timely project completion.

 

The Result

The Result

After 6 weeks on site, Granger Reis have a collaborative office environment ready to accommodate new ways of working.

The space has been transformed to create impressive pockets of fit-for-purpose areas, an effect which lends the area a larger sense of space than its footprint would suggest.

The tea point has been designed to foster a strong team atmosphere. On Fridays, the space will be great for informal get togethers or socialising and we’ve accounted for a built-in projector screen to accommodate for formal and company-wide meetings.

We’ve created a multi-functional workspace to facilitate frictionless hybrid working while balancing the requirements of the company and individuals. Multiple work environments encourage employees to have freedom over how they work - standard desks, collaborative spaces with whiteboards to share ideas, high benches, and private individual booths.

The central collaboration point is a distinct and focal area of the office. Lowering the ceiling by dropping the bulkhead has created a designated space enabling teams to remain focussed while working together – a circular seating arrangement, featuring lighting and plants which form a comfortable, dynamic meeting space.

The purpose of the office has changed for many, but it’s still the best place an organisation can express its values, its ambitions and its personality.

Key Design Features

  • A comfortable homely space
  • ‘Broken plan’ space to promote flexible working
  • Collaborative spaces for colleagues to gather and exchange ideas
  • Hexagon branding throughout emulates the beehive and its associations of effort and collaboration
  • Feature lighting – pendants, and hanging circular showcase light
  • Connection to the outside with abundance of natural lighting

The Vision

The Vision

Bishop Fleming is one of Bristol's leading accountancy firms with sizeable growth plans. As their office in Queen Square Bristol was nearing the end of its lease, they seized the opportunity to find a space which matched their ambitions.

The award-winning accountants acquired a space in the heart of Bristol’s thriving commercial neighbourhood - the entire top floor and roof terrace of 10 Templeback, complete with waterfront views.

Their new flagship office needed to act as a central hub, promote agile-working, and strengthen their position in a competitive market. As they continue to grow, this office will be pivotal to attracting and retaining the highest calibre of talent, including graduates.

The successful delivery of their Torquay office meant they knew they could rely on Interaction for a remarkable design and build project.
 

The Action

The Action

The project began with a drive to understand Bishop Fleming’s people, and what they needed from their new space. A utilisation observation and employee survey were used to gauge the attitudes and preferences of the team, supported by focus groups with employees in Bath and Bristol to gain a nuanced understanding of their requirements.

It became clear that the team were ready to embrace new ways of working and they needed a workspace that would support this.

A flexible client-facing space was another essential. They wanted a welcoming but unforgettable client experience with amazing breakout spaces for the team.

One of our key Principles is that we accept any challenge – and thrive when we encounter them. The build stage of this programme meant we had to adapt and respond quickly to a variety of irregularities uncovered when work commenced.

The strip-out revealed the existing fit-out to have obsolete ceiling tiles and a challenging floor layout. The floor layout was a critical element to the build programme which would have a knock-on effect to the partitions and flooring, requiring us to replace a fifth of the area.

We know the details matter as much as the big picture. As part of the furniture consultancy, we visited London to see the furniture scheme in action. This ensured everything we selected would support and encourage new ways of working. To promote a variety of working styles this included poster tables, booths and focus pods.

Finally, the finishing touches of our interior styling tie the space together to provide a ready to go space.

The Result

The Result

At 13,000 sq ft, this destination hub is the largest in their seven-office footprint.

After 11 weeks on site, the team now have a space which accommodates a multitude of working styles, encouraging flexibility and collaboration - all supported by seamless tech. The hybrid design offers a variety of work settings, for internal and external use, from the multi-use event space and pre-bookable meeting rooms, to focus pods and “hot” offices for individual heads down work.

From a tech perspective, an efficient room booking system, advanced AV in the training area and meeting rooms, and a variety of spaces including sit-stand desks to encourage agile working.

We created a multi-functional client-facing space with an integrated projector in the ceiling for events, training and meetings. Bespoke banquette seating caters well to informal or external meetings, complete with planting to create the feeling of privacy.

To promote a happy, healthy workforce there are now active travel facilities, a wellness room, and plentiful of greenery and natural lighting.

We’ve created a flexible town hall space with tiered seating for employees, a space perfect for socialising, informal meetings or presentations.

Bishop Fleming wanted to take a different approach with this office, so we moved away from their traditional branding to create a space that feels homely and less corporate. This office uses softer branding with lot of curves, angles, and bold colours.

At Interaction, we work with companies who understand that their culture is one of their most powerful assets. With this project Bishop Fleming have demonstrated their commitment to their team, and the importance of the office as a key driver of engagement, collaboration and innovation. It's no surprise to us that they're one of the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Key Design Features

  • Striking reception area
  • Employee area to promote socialising
  • Tiered seating area for informal meetings
  • Subtle branding throughout using curves and angles
  • Multi-use meeting spaces for clients and employees
  • A flexible event space and bar
  • Bespoke joinery slats from reception, around the booth and into the event space
  • Biophilia and planters throughout
  • Active travel facilities through showers and bike racks
  • Wellness room

The Vision

The Vision

Xledger is a people-focused business and needed an office that could accommodate a variety of working styles, from developers and programmers through to training and consultancy to high-performing salespeople.

Community was also high on the agenda, with the space designated as a “destination” hub which could bring together Xledger employees from all over the world.

Xledger were clear on the need for a space which bought people together and delivered a compelling experience from the minute visitors walk in the door.

In a company where “most meetings are conversations”, it was vital we built a variety of spaces to facilitate the sharing of ideas and foster their family-style culture.

The Action

The Action

We quickly understood that what Xledger needed was a flexible multi-use space which centred around a vibrant communal area.

We designed a space which used subtle biophilia to divide areas, creating an open-plan feel with the benefits of delineated working spaces (fun fact: the 128 plants in the office exactly balance Xledger’s CO2 emissions).

A central town-hall hub provides an area for company meetings, informal catch-ups and marathon Xbox tournaments, backing on to a social area which provides further breakout areas and a shuffleboard table, harking back to Xledger’s Norwegian roots.

Scandinavian accents are highlighted throughout by the plentiful use of natural materials and light wood tones. Bristol is also represented through bespoke wall art, complementing the bold original print designs adorning the town hall hub.

A rooftop putting green opens out onto an outside bar and all-weather television; a perfect venue for incubating creative ideas or solidifying company culture over a big-screen game.

Deep focus rooms named after legendary Bristol nightclubs provide soundproofed space for individuals to block out any distractions (such as the nearby wellness room complete with Peloton bikes) while a large glass fronted training room offers ample space for Xledger to train and onboard their clients.

The Result

The Result

A quick turnaround, completing a 10-week fit-out in six weeks to deliver Xledger’s destination office, which will play a vital role in attracting talent. Their multi-use space caters to the differing needs of teams from a large training room for onboarding clients to deep focus rooms for escaping distractions, and vibrant communal areas for socialising.

Key Design Features

  • Central town hall hub
  • Large flexible training room
  • Touch-free, app-driven coffee point
  • Rooftop putting green and bar
  • 128 hanging plants balancing CO2 emission
  • Wellness room with Peloton cycles
  • Isolated individual working rooms

The Vision

The Vision

GKN Aerospace (GKN) are committed to developing the sustainable aerospace technology of the tomorrow - innovating the future of flight.

A key part of this vision is having a UK Global Technology Centre (GTC): a place to house 300 highly-skilled engineers and STEM students, which includes collaborative space for research and development in partnership with universities, the UK’s CATAPULT network and GKN's UK supply chain. In addition, GKN are focused on increasing diversity, working with schools and colleges to encourage diverse students into engineering.

From an internal perspective, GKN also needed to develop new, more agile ways of working, with a space that allowed flexibility, and increased efficiency.

 

This project involved the holistic engagement from workplace strategy, design and build project to final delivery, onboarding materials through to post-occupation evaluation.

The Action

The Action

Interaction were initially engaged to undertake workplace research and engagement, conducting utilisation studies at four sites, employee surveys, business-wide interviews and working group participation to get to the heart of how GKN function and how they would like to function in the future. Initially focussed on GKN's vision including cultural and financial approach, key goals, and outcomes, we built an action plan with key deliverables and milestones before delivering a granular roadmap, communicating the most critical details of the programme to key stakeholders, highlighting dependencies, and possible risks. Exploratory focus groups provided an interactive forum in which to measure attitudes towards ways of working.

Our Workplace Strategy Review identified business, team and individual requirements, types of work settings and cultural approach, with specific focus on agility and flexibility.

From our report and recommendations, we began to develop a design brief to bring GKN's new vision to life, including a Workplace Technology Package to make the building usable for all.

The Result

The Result

The building is a fitting monument to GKN's position at the forefront of technology development and collaboration; a vibrant environment where young STEM students collide with engineers from GKN's 50+ partners.

On the ground floor, an auditorium capable of holding audiences of 100 back people backs onto a "hack space" which can be used by STEM students and collaborators.

The second floor is a diverse collaborative space. Breakout desks provide flexible working spaces for GKN's ecosystem of engineering partners, while a library area provides a space for learning and heads-down work.

GKN have sole access to the first and third floors, with a List X-ready space on the top floor featuring a Faraday cage which blocks any electromagnetic signals.

Security and accessibility have been rigorously balanced across the site, with a comprehensive CCTV infrastructure, access control throughout building, an entrance barrier connected to an ANPR system and cutting-edge intruder alarms.

Our Workplace Technology Package ensured the building's technology infrastructure was future-facing and flexible.

We introduced the GoBright building management software solution, that has come into its own in assisting with Covid19 return to work planning and management.

Nureva Span project management software and interactive touch screens were installed in meeting rooms, addressing the desire for more flexible team working.

Our system integrated Starleaf video conferencing alongside the touchscreen systems, meaning key spaces can be used for collaborative sessions as well as point-to-point and point-to-many video conferencing with the highest quality (alongside an impressive central presentation zone, where 9 screens connect into a single seamless display). Light-up panels on each desk show whether that desk is free, and glow purple if the desk hasn't yet been cleaned.

Two huge training rooms with a folding central wall ensure STEM students learn in an expansive, welcoming environment, while a multitude of natural finishes combined with natural light and biophilia to create a warm, welcoming space. A large cycle storage and shower space (with heated lockers) encourages environmentally-friendly travel to the site.

Finally, our Onboarding Handbook provides a comprehensive welcome to anyone using the building, guiding them through all the attributes that make the Global Technology Centre so groundbreaking.

GKN's Global Technology Centre represents a major commitment to developing the sustainable aerospace technology of the future through collaboration and nurturing of new STEM talent.

To call it a workplace doesn't really do it justice.

Key Design Features

  • Flexible collaborative "hack space"
  • Giant preserved foliage wall in reception
  • Multipurpose taps (cold, hot and sparkling)
  • List X - ready room with Faraday Cage
  • Large auditorium for town halls, product demonstrations and events
  • Library space for quiet working
  • Extensive breakout areas and roof terrace
  • Integrated Workplace Technology Package featuring:
    • GoBright building management software
    • Nureva Span interactive screens
    • StarLeaf Video conferencing

The Vision

The Vision

Elvie are a pioneering high-growth company who focus on improving women's lives through smarter technology, because "women shouldn’t have to make do with shoddy design or pink spin-offs when there are self-driving cars in the world." 

Rapid expansion meant they needed a new Research and Design Facility which could foster creative collaboration, in their recently chosen home of Bristol. Bristol had been chosen as the perfect place to blend community, technology and creativity. Therefore it was vital the office didn't feel too much like an office; it needed to be a space that drew people in; that facilitated a variety of ways to work; that served as a perfect space to host community meetings and workshops. With their rapid expansion, they would need more space to grow; so we created an initial sublet space for them to eventually move into.  

The office area was an existing Cat A 14,000 sq ft space, which presented us with the ideal blank canvas to bring a vision to life, in a process that took just 11 weeks. We filled the space with bright ideas, bespoke joinery and biophilia to create a unique workspace.

The Result

The Result


Elvie now have a new home that balances being inspirational and comfortable.

Bespoke manifestations of pioneering women and allies throughout the ages look out from meeting rooms, while a sweeping curved desk brings everyone together in a central area, still allowing for individual working.

Breakout desk areas have inbuilt paper rolls, meaning bright ideas can be jotted down directly onto the desk's surface. Light tones and colours interplay with biophilia, soft-edges and bespoke joinery to create an environment that feels cutting-edge without being "hard" or impersonal.

Hanging chairs, secret meeting rooms and plenty of space to read and breastfeed have created a space which is energised, thoughtful and inclusive - and that's before entering the vast, airy workshop where the technology of tomorrow takes shape.

Key Features

  • Central circular area divided into 4 unique workspaces 
  • Relaxed, tiered Town Hall 
  • Cutting-edge workshop  
  • Detailed bespoke joinery  
  • Striking manifestations of past and present pioneers  
  • High-end styling, with bookshelves full of literature, Babu cutlery and highchairs included. 

The Vision

The Vision


To truly enhance their new workplace, the SunLife team wanted a “wow-factor” design. This interior office design brief therefore revolved around creating a unique and modern space, which would also be sympathetic to the building’s traditional use as a soap and vinegar warehouse and its location on Bristol’s waterfront.

The Result

The Result


The finished result is a modern two-floor space that utilises clean lines and one-of-a-kind touches. To ensure the design harked back to the building’s heritage and waterfront location, the creative minds at Interaction sourced and integrated retro soap advertisements, rustic brick-effect walls, a shipping telegraph and ship wheel.

Standing out when compared to other interior office designs in Bristol, SunLife's new space combines practicality and visual appeal, but will also facilitate a new working culture for the team by providing more flexible working areas.

Key design features

  • A central tree in the breakout space, inspired by the way a trunk’s rings represent age, which also hints at SunLife’s 200 years’ experience.

  • A varied choice of spaces for working and downtime.

  • Manhattan style glazing partitioning for natural space divides.

  • The latest technology to make day-to-day tasks far more efficient, such as booking meeting rooms.

  • The incorporation of Manhattan glass to help create a sophisticated loft style, enhance visibility and show off the amazing suite.

The Vision

The Vision

One of our latest interior office designs in Bath, creators of design-led lifestyle products Wild & Wolf wanted an equally creative headquarters. They were looking for a space that would double up as a workplace and showroom for their unique array of products.

Having recently taken residence across three floors at Manvers Street, Wild & Wolf wanted an agile workspace that would help to inspire and facilitate their working culture.

The Result

The Result

After working closely with the Wild & Wolf team and completing a thorough workplace analysis (which included staff interviews), the Interaction design team were able to find out exactly what features were necessary to enhance the team's productivity.

The result is therefore a space that has been made-to-measure and combines the client's practical requirements with a creative flair. With bespoke joinery, flexible storage spaces, collaborative areas and meeting rooms, this interior office design in Bath now matches Wild & Wolf's growing reputation in the product design sector, and will enable far more efficient ways of working.

Client Feedback

Client Feedback

“I wanted to take the time to share with you how delighted we are that we chose to work with Interaction for Wild & Wolf's interior office design in Bath…the end result is a great workplace that immediately feels just right for our people, and I sense the business is better for it.

“The design and build process was smooth and delivered on time and on budget, with the relocation being straightforward and everyone working as normal within hours of arriving. This was only possible with the delivery being as near flawless and snag free as I think possible, and the best that our group project team has ever seen. Your whole team’s calm presence, excellent advice and experience has made the whole process much easier than I thought possible.”

Paul Taylor, CEO, Wild & Wolf

Key Design Features

  • A showroom to display the high standard of products.
  • A large forest acoustic graphic in the breakout area.
  • Tailor-made storage for both the workplace and showroom.
  • Bespoke joinery throughout, to reflect their unique brand.
  • An array of flexible spaces for work and downtime.

The Vision

The Vision

Engineering Consultancy Hydrock has been nominated in the Top 30 of The Sunday Times Best Place to Work 3 years in a row, and needed their Bristol office to reflect their celebrated culture. This meant unifying their multiple offices into a singular hub to foster wellbeing and bring their teams together.

Client Feedback

Client Feedback

“Working closely with Interaction was an absolute pleasure. We really enjoyed our working relationship and always trusted that Interaction had our best interests at heart and the quality of their work was never in doubt. 

The attention, communication, passion and enthusiasm that the team displayed throughout the whole process made it such an easy and stress-free journey to our new amazing offices. We knew from the start that Interaction were the one to work with – and we made the right decision there.”

Isobel Holloway, Office Manager, Hydrock

​“The new facilities that Interaction have created for us are outstanding. The function, feel and aesthetic of our new space have all surpassed my expectations, and this can only be created when you get an expert involved. Our culture is such a unique and crucial facet of our business and this has been perfectly encapsulated with our new environment. The difference before and after is staggering – we are truly delighted with the result.”

Dave Lawes, Director of Programme Delivery, Hydrock

An In-Depth Look

An In-Depth Look

Hydrock had a clear idea of what they wanted when they brought Interaction on board. The task was to enhance their workplace, reflect their culture and create a setting that encourages integration, to act as a unifying hub. When the fifth floor of Merchants House became available, already occupying the third floor, this was the perfect chance to bring everyone together and combine their multiple offices in Bristol.

One of Hydrock’s key aspirations is to provide their team with a setting that encourages wellbeing and incites a healthy lifestyle. Being ranked 9th in The Sunday Times best companies to work for in 2016 shows their dedication to fulfilling this aspiration. Interaction designed the workplace to integrate and reflect this important aspect of their business.

The design reflects this ethos as soon as you step into the space, with a living wall and wooden and warm materials to make the space feel homely and welcoming. The breakout area has a large island in the tea point, perfect for team meals and general socialising. There are also screens set up for games consoles, rocking chairs that look over the Bristol docks, and a reading/quiet area.

The Result

Designing the two floors to be connected was imperative, so they can be used as a unified space rather than two separate settings. To do this, Interaction designed the lower floor to include the large breakout and informal area, acting as the heart of the space. To encourage collaboration within the floors, Interaction positioned all of the collaborative areas to be in the centre of the space, surrounded by the desks and focus areas. This connecting layout encourages everyone to come together.

After 12 weeks onsite, the environment consolidates and unifies the whole office, providing a space where the team can work effectively, express themselves, and enjoy the benefits of a fun and playful workplace. The working environment reflects their identity and culture, demonstrating to clients what they do, and their creative approach.

<strong>The Vision</strong>

The Vision

After signing a new ten-year lease on their Redcliff Street headquarters, a complete in-occupation refurbishment was on the cards for TLT's workspace, which was originally built in the 1960s.

Acting as design consultants, Interaction’s brief revolved around enhancing 9 floors, including the new 15th floor extension, to ensure the workplace reflected the company’s continued success as one of Bristol’s “big three” law firms.

Key factors that the design aimed to facilitate included overall functionality, a stand-out 15th floor client suite and 12th floor breakout area, and branding consistency with other TLT workspaces (such as London and Manchester).

The Result

The Result

Thanks to successful collaborations at every stage of the project, the result is an impressive 9-floor office that has been tailor-made for those that will use it, both on a daily and more long term basis; the new workspace highlights how much TLT value their employees, with the provision of multiple areas purely for staff enjoyment and use (including a brand new employee lounge).

The most significant feature of the build is the Level 15 meeting suite; an entirely new additional floor providing a panoramic view of the city. The design highlights this fantastic vista, with full height glazing fronting each meeting room and a vibrant, modern and open reception that doubles up as an event area – a space that truly provides the ‘wow factor’ first impression for visiting clients.

Key Features

  • High quality glass and an overall design that makes the most of natural light.
  • A stunning reception area - which will create a great first impression.
  • Unique joinery screens that give a creative touch.
  • A host of meeting areas and workspaces to offer flexibility.
  • A collaborative project requiring strong working relationships.

The Views

If you want to see more of the impressive 15th floor views, take a look at these images below - courtesy of a previous member of the TLT team (instagram: @russjfinch).