KPMG, Southampton Southampton, UK
ID:SR Sheppard Robson has created a new office space for KPMG near Southampton, which is the sixth project the studio has completed for the global professional services firm. The 12,500ft² KPMG South Coast office has been designed to significantly improve the space and service provided for staff and clients, with a concept that allows the business to harness the benefits of flexible working styles.
All spaces are located on one floor with the space divided into three clear zones for staff, clients and the cafe space. As you enter the reception, a range of work settings are visible: including drop-in booths for informal focused work; nine meeting rooms that can be reconfigured for a range of uses, from meetings to larger events; and collaboration spaces for teams and informal presentations. A variety of work settings create an environment where clients feel comfortable to spend longer periods of time rather than just “dropping-in”.
The cafe includes catering facilities for staff as well as a ‘kitchen table’ space for communal eating. A variety of surfaces and materials help break down the café space and prevent the area from becoming overly corporate.
The KPMG staff spaces, which include 73 desks and 20 other alternative work settings, are mostly located around the perimeter of the floorplates, making the most of the natural light and views over the adjacent forestry. A key element of the brief was to capture the personality and character of the local area with the design of the internal spaces. This was achieved through making subtle references to the characteristics of the region, with the office including themes such as sea and aviation.
The sea theme is hinted at by the lighting made from fish net material as well as the waterline wall graphics and the sail-inspired focused-work stations. The theme of aviation picks up on references to the nearby airport and Spitfire Heritage with grey metal pan ceilings and bespoke joinery book shelf reminiscent of propeller blades reinforcing this. Forest wall-graphics animate the meetings rooms, whilst pendant lights are made from parts of trees; wooden slatted ceiling adds warmth. The overall effect is an environment that is consistent with KPMG’s global brand whilst feeling rooted within its context, showcasing KPMG’s commitment and knowledge of the region.
- 1,056 m2