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Fitzrovia 2 + 3 building, London, United Kingdom

Thursday 17 Jul 2008

Arup move in to London abode

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WAN get an exclusive first peek at Arup’s new MoreySmith designed offices 

Arup, the global firm of designers, engineers, planners and business consultants has moved into their new workplace in Fitrovia, London. The Fitzrovia 2+3 building covers an area of 13,200 sq m. The first phase of redevelopment has replaced Haddon House and 8-10 Fitzroy Street, with the second due to encompass Howland House and 9-18 Maple Place by 2009. The new space will initially house 400 staff, but by next year is expected to accommodate over 600.

MoreySmith were appointed to provide design services for five floors of offices, including meeting rooms, project and team areas, public spaces and the library. The multi-disciplinary consultancy recently oversaw the major refurbishment of Sony Computer Entertainment, and completed projects for CABE, Land Securities and EMI at their Global Headquarters in Kensington.

On this assignment MoreySmith challenged Arup’s traditional approach to interior design by transforming the space through the introduction of a series of innovative additions as part of the dramatic refit. Features include MoreySmith’s skilful selection and inspired layout of a range of contemporary furniture. Diverse wall finishes, display systems, signage, graphics and storage were introduced to create a novel and appealing working environment for the Arup team.

Dick Lee, Arup director said: “MoreySmith had the capability to match our tight programme needs, but most importantly, we felt that their creative ability and innovative aspiration as designers would challenge us in the way we view our working environment and help us make the step change we were looking for. We have a reputation as a firm that cares for those who work in it – about their health, comfort, motivation and security - our new offices will project these ambitions to clients, visitors and staff."

To meet the diverse needs of the departments across three business sectors, the non-permanent workspaces have been designed to be adaptable and can accommodate large presentations, group meetings and events. All furniture can be dismantled and easily moved to suit changing group or project requirements. Vertical spaces on all floors provide areas for graphic exhibitions and project communication and multifunctional, bespoke finishes such as magnetic whiteboard panels have been introduced. The combination of exposed ceilings in the team areas together with an open plan layout creates a clean and workable design studio setting for staff.

Laura Salmi

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