KPMG Leeds wins BCO North Award for best office fit-out

10th April 2017

KPMG Leeds won the best fit-out of a workplace category at the BCO Northern Awards on Wednesday night.

The Northern Chapter announced ID:SR’s KPMG interiors - a 60,000 ft² office area in Leeds City Centre - regional winner, celebrating excellence in the office space in the North of England, North Wales and Northern Ireland.

KPMG Leeds was the fifth (now sixth) project ID:SR has completed for KPMG, with the studio’s role including due diligence, workplace strategy and fit-out of all interior spaces. The project, completed in 2015, comprises a new major office for 620 staff as well as client areas and training facilities for the global professional services provider enabling collaboration between all staff functions in the workplace, leading to knowledge-sharing across a range of flexible work settings.

The annual Awards Programme provides public recognition for top quality design and functionality and a benchmark for excellence in workplaces, acknowledging innovation and focusing external attention on examples of best practice.

ID:SR assisted KPMG with the due diligence exercise and made key revisions to the base-build, including the removal of columns, the reconfiguration of cores, revised location of atrium stairs and the removal of the base-build lift well. The subsequent workplace strategy determined how best to create a cross-functional environment. This involved data collection which identified the team’s working styles and requirements and ways of maximising the occupancy of the building. This analysis allowed the design to weave together a mix of activity-driven, flexible spaces that cater for focused and collaborative work, promoting a feeling of openness whilst also providing secure spaces for confidential projects.