IFS Offices – Staines-upon-Thames

  • Client IFS,
  • size 26,000 sqft
  • Year 2019
  • Location Staines-upon-Thames, United Kingdom, England,
  • Industry Hardware / Software Development,
  • Area was trusted with the design of the IFS offices, a global enterprise software company, located in Staines-Upon-Thames, England.

    When IFS relocated their UK Headquarters to Staines-UponThames they required a workplace design that puts their clients and employees at the heart of the solution.

    Supporting employee wellbeing and providing an extraordinary client experience for visitors and clients were pivotal elements of the original brief. The workplace design thoughtfully considers the emotional, physical and mental wellbeing of all individuals.

    IFS’ UK Headquarters is set across a three-storey building with the second floor accommodating a gym & prayer room, the first floor accommodating the main working environment and the ground floor being utilised for the client’s transient workforce, client-facing facilities, a staff restaurant and a 175-seat auditorium.

    Having previously been in a closed office environment, IFS wanted to take this relocation opportunity to introduce flexibility and agile working opportunities into the space, as well as create a warm and welcoming setting for staff and visitors. To achieve this, the open-plan working zones were peppered with collaborative zones for those ‘bump moments’ between colleagues, services were exposed and ceiling heights were varied. Finishes, texture and composition were carefully thought through, and soft velvet materials, timber flooring, moss walls, and textured furniture were all incorporated into the design.

    Wanting to create an exceptional experience for visiting clients as well as wanting to present IFS’ own technology and systems, client-facing spaces have been designed using advanced technology so they can be tailored to the person or business visiting the building. From personalised screens in the boutique hotel-style reception area to the technology solution in the Boardroom and the mind-blowing floor to ceiling state-of-the-art screens in the Client Experience Centre, the customer hospitality area, each part of the client’s journey has been thoughtfully considered and showcases IFS’ innovative products and services.

    Design: Area
    Photography: Marek Sikora