Project Of The Week – Money.co.uk, The Castle
This week’s instalment of the #SBIDinspire series features a truly imaginative office space, envisioned and created for Money.co.uk by Interaction. This is certainly no ordinary office… hidden behind The Castle doors lies a vibrant, colourful and quirky work space where the possibilities for work-place fun are seemingly endless. You can sneak through a secret door in a bookcase, put your feet up in a ski chalet, traipse through an ice cave, battle against suits of armour and even experience a cinema in a galaxy far far away!
SBID had the opportunity to speak with Egle Bareikyte, Designer at Interaction about this unique office space.
Project: The Castle (Money.co.uk)
Project Location: Cirencester, United Kingdom
What was the client’s brief?
The Grade II listed Victorian ‘Castle’ money.co.uk occupied did not illustrate their current standing and vision for the future of the business. In 2015 money.co.uk were ranked 2nd fastest growing business in the UK by The Sunday Times and needed their workplace to reflect this growth and illustrate their culture. Furthermore the comparison company needed their new inspiring work environment to continue to attract and retain the best talent in their industry.
At the heart of the refurbishment was their team, to reward staff with the best place to work. This meant creating an environment where their team could flourish, fulfil their potential and be happy.
What inspired the design of the project?
The design concept was to juxtapose the traditional architecture of The Castle with a contemporary and one-of-a-kind finish. The unique building provides a characterful and quirky setting for a workplace setting, therefore the interior needed to reflect the eccentricity of the exterior. The unique design features include, but are not limited to, a bespoke Star Wars themed cinema complete with popcorn machine, hand painted suits of armour, ‘Rolling Stones’ and ‘Steam Punk’ themed bathrooms – and a secret door!
What was the toughest hurdle your team overcame during the project?
The biggest hurdle to overcome in this project was the building, that we felt was constantly fighting against us, once we’d managed to overcome one issue, another would prevail. Parts of the building hadn’t been used for a considerable amount of time, with no heating, and suffering from moisture and damp; a lot of original plaster was just falling off. So the challenge was really restoring this precious and magnificent building back into a state in which it deserved.
What was your team’s highlight of the project?
The highlights came from getting that goosebumps feeling, because after all the effort and time invested, everything you envisioned came to fruition. That reality kicked in the first time we saw the staff working in the space, because from a business point of view, this meant our job was done; allowing the team to function effectively. Another pivotal moment came from visiting several weeks after completion. Where we got glimpses of people having impromptu meetings in the cinema, putting their feet up in the ski lodge, or exercising in the gym. This brought it home, and we could see that we had created something really remarkable.
Why did you enter the SBID International Design Awards?
The SBID International Design Awards are really prestigious in our industry, and a lot of our designers subscribe and frequently read features from the SBID International Design Magazine. We thought it would be amazing to be able to read about our own project be commended by such a respected organisation
Questions answered by Egle Bareikyte, Designer at Interaction
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