ESA completes new flagship office for leaders in the worldwide orthopaedic market
Stryker is a global leader in medical technology providing specialist orthopaedic and surgical equipment to healthcare professionals across the world including the NHS. The company has just completed its move to the new offices which will house 200 staff. ESA was originally appointed to develop design proposals and, ultimately, gain planning consent.
They were then appointed as architects, interior designers/spaceplanners and landscape architects to the project. The new 10,000 sq m facility rises to three storeys and is organised around two internal atria that focus the public facilities of reception, exhibition space and the new 100-cover first floor restaurant for staff and visitors. All the logistics facilities medical equipment centre, sterilising plants and technical workshops - are at ground floor for ease of access and movement, with a mixture of cellular and open-plan offices, meeting rooms, conference rooms, restaurant and a gym on the upper floors.
The main approach elevation is expressed as a transparent ‘showcase’ screen, unifying the space and functions behind whilst allowing visual access into the building and expressing Stryker’s corporate intentions. ESA’s brief included the design of the interiors and the selection of all the furniture and fittings. A detailed analysis of Stryker’s work methods and workplace requirements preceded the developing concept.
For many years now Stryker has consistently been at the top of various best employer league tables and this is reflected in the attention the company pays to the staff working environment and welfare facilities within the new building. ESA has risen to this challenge by providing comfortable offices and exhilarating common areas including reception, the exhibition areas and break-out spaces.
The building has achieved an Excellent BREEAM rating and incorporates alternative energy systems such as a biomass boiler to reduce carbon emissions. Externally the new building sits within its own landscaped grounds with parking for 230 cars and rear servicing to the logistics areas.