ID:SR Sheppard Robson completes KPMG's Bristol offices

2nd November 2016

ID:SR Sheppard Robson has completed the 4800m2 offices for KPMG in Bristol, creating flexible work settings for 450 KPMG staff as well as dedicated client areas. The project is housed in a grade-II listed building which has had a new structure added on to the rear, with the interior design making the most of the variety of spaces created by the integration of old and new.

The spaces in the listed building are more contained and suitable for meeting rooms with views out over Queen Square – the location of KPMG’s first office in Bristol over 200 years ago. The new-build structure houses larger and agile work environments that offer the opportunities to create a variety of flexible work settings.

KPMG occupy the majority of the ground floor, which houses the staff restaurant, as well as the first, second and third floors of the four storey building.  On entering the building, clients are directed to the dedicated reception space on the first floor where there are also meetings rooms.

Each open floorplate in the new building has a central spine which includes a variety of work places, including pods for individuals and small groups as well as meeting booths and open collaboration space. Booths are also positioned around the perimeter of the floorplates within in the alcoves, maximising the spaces created by the architectural form of the building. The range and number of workspaces was based on studies carried out at previous KPMG locations as well as auditing the specific requirements of the office.

At the heart of the project is a dramatic cantilevered staircase, which bridges the internal atrium that connects the listed building with the new structure. A common feature in KPMG offices, the staircase adds theatre to the space whilst promoting physical movement, collaboration and connectivity. 

Discussing the design of the project, Helen Berresford – Partner and Head of ID:SR, said:

“This is our fourth project in four years for KPMG. This partnership has allowed us to create flexible and collaborative ways of working that directly support the culture of the company. Our designs celebrate the dynamism and character of the KPMG team whilst incorporating subtle design features – in the form of soft colours and textures – that draw upon Bristol’s urban fabric.”

Commenting on KPMG’s move, Andrew Hodgson, senior partner in Bristol, says:

“Our objective was to create an innovative and flexible space that will enhance our interactions with clients, and allow all of us to work better together.  We consulted with our clients and colleagues to define what we wanted – we have increased the size of our office but reduced the number of individual desks and replaced them with open spaces, booths and meeting rooms for colleagues to collaborate better together across departments, and with clients. 

“We are also really excited to offer an Enterprise space in the building – an area for clients to use as a drop-in space when they’re in the city with time to kill between meetings.”