London Development Agency, SE1 London, UK
The London Development Agency (LDA) worked with ID:SR to locate and design the interior of its new central London workspace. The key objective for the new location was to create an office environment which reflected the LDA’s vision as a responsive, inclusive and ambitious organisation, committed to London’s economic growth. The Palestra was selected – a new landmark building in the Borough of Southwark.
All 450 staff occupy two levels in a totally open-plan environment. The overriding motif is the river Thames, accentuating its proximity to Palestra and to LDA’s corporate identity. Curved ‘river walls’ enveloping the touchdown areas, flow from the core into the office spaces. ‘Bubble’ lights hang over the breakout areas where bespoke curved seating conjures a ‘park bench’ environment for informal meetings. A blue silhouette of London’s city skyline has been applied to the entrance glazing of the pod, and is repeated on the facility units of the office floors. The streets of London manifest themselves on the glazing at the core of the office floorplate, identifying the LDA’s areas of regeneration across the city.
The open-plan working structure makes the most of the column-free floorplates, enabling a space flexible enough for growth. This environment also reflects the non-hierarchical structure of the LDA, creating real interactive opportunities for individuals and encouraging teamwork.
This culture change for the agency was achieved through ID:SR’s continual consultation with staff, analysis of their work patterns and the final agreement to a design which directly relates the ambitions of the agency.
- London Development Agency
- 6,000 m2
- Benchmark Awards - Shortlisted
- Mixology - Winner