Poplar HARCA, E14 London, UK
The brief for Poplar HARCA's new offices included retaining and celebrating the look and feel of an 1880s building – previously occupied by Tower Hamlets college – whilst creating a young, fresh and welcoming environment for both the tenants and the community. ID:SR’s sympathetic and considerate fit-out complements and enhances the unique features of the building whilst bringing together 180 staff, previously located across four buildings, under one roof.
Poplar HARCA – the East London housing and regeneration community – was looking to undertake a complete refurbishment of the location, with the objective to provide a dynamic, modern and efficient workplace, following the approval of plans to redevelop the Chrisp Street area, which had necessitated them to relocate their offices. At the same time the new workplace had to reflect the culture of Poplar HARCA and cater for a wide variety of users including staff, visitors as well as the wider community.
Following extensive stakeholder briefing and user engagement, the workplace strategy and building concept were defined to support Poplar HARCA’s transition towards a more agile and flexible workplace, with ID:SR creating a variety of formal and informal spaces, which unlocked the potential of this stunning building and created a buzzing new working environment.
The interiors are informed by a pastel colour palette based on a muted version of the Poplar HARCA logo, and the wall graphics that are visible throughout the building are inspired by the distinct pattern of the Herringbone parquet flooring. Many of the original building features had to be retained, so colour was woven into the scheme through the careful choice of furniture. Timber is also used throughout and is a nod to the heritage of the building.
- Poplar HARCA
- 2,320 m2