Smarter working environments have been at the top of the agenda post-covid. In order to encourage people back into the office, the DWP wanted to make their Manchester and Newcastle offices as welcoming as possible for those returning to work. Southernsbroadstock relished the opportunity to work with the DWP to achieve their vision.

Interiors that inspire

Though change can be unsettling initially, the DWP felt that it was necessary to break old habits so that they could move forward with a new way of working. It was important to create an enriching and attractive environment to boost motivation. We helped them embrace the benefits of hybrid working with a selection of colourful furniture that would bring a vibrancy into the space. This new work style aids communication both physically and virtually to ensure staff stay connected.

Supporting diverse working practises

Both DWP estates had the benefit of plenty of natural light. We complemented their airy and open-plan layouts with a mix of casual meeting spaces and practical desking. Breakout furniture and a variety of soft seating now provides a place for informal meetings and quick catch-ups, where teams can collaborate and discuss ideas. For tasks that need concentration, we also provided their offices with semi-enclosed pods and private booths for distraction-free working. By offering plenty of different micro-environments, DWP staff have the option of finding spaces that suit how they work and boost their productivity with a change of scene.

Transforming cultures

Southernsbroadstock achieved all objectives set out by the DWP by liaising regularly with the design team and the working environment project lead. We sourced a mixture of in-house furniture and supply chain products to produce a solution that meets the workspace user needs for each office. The project was delivered on-time and on-budget, allowing the client to smoothly transition their team back into office life.

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