Flexible office space for a Global Tech company in Belfast.
- Project Size: 5,500 Sq ft
- Location: Belfast
- Activity: Office Design & Fitout
- Duration: 9 weeks
A brand new office space to support ambitious growth plans
Flexera are a new player within the growing Belfast tech scene –having acquired B|DNA in late 2017. Calibro had engaged with the Belfast site lead earlier in 2017 when they were looking for new office space to support their ambitious growth plans. An initial meet–up in a coffee shop led to an opportunity to pitch for the project in Flax House, Belfast and our initial designs were enough to convince our client that Calibro would be excellent partners to deliver their project on–time and on–budget. Working from a serviced office had its limitations in terms of the types of spaces available to staff to work from and in our client’s ability to make it their ‘own’ space.
Flax House is a former Linen Mill in the centre of Belfast’s CBD and has been extensively refurbished to create 5 floors of Grade A office space. The finished space has a lot of character from its original built structure including areas of exposed brickwork, steel columns and large windows on all sides which let in lots of natural light. Flexera chose the 2nd floor for their office space which was just over 5,500 ft2 and is split in 2 between the main office area’s and a large annex Breakout space.
Flexera’s Belfast operation is utilised by developers, engineers and marketeers working on cutting edge software supporting over 80,000 customers globally. The vision was to create choice around how each individual works and the spaces that are available reflect this; open plan office space with electrically height adjustable desks, 2 No. private offices are available for management to use, 3 No. focus work booths, 1 No. phone booth, 1 No. Skype room and a boardroom for meetings.
Collaboration is a key part of the Flexerawork process and the offices offer various spaces designed to encourage this. Teams are co–located and there are various meeting points with stand–up high tables and low collaboration benches around whiteboard walls to create an area where ideas can flow and be easily recorded. Soft seating in the form of 4 person meeting booths, lounge seating and dining booths give alternative working and meeting spaces to all employees.
The breakout space is an annex to the side of the main office and offers a variety of seating types from soft seating booths to café style tables and seats and high stools and benches. We made a feature of the curved wall within the breakout space, installing bespoke built in banquette seating around the circumference which can be used for informal meetings or for eating space. Overall the aesthetics are muted, making use of pale woods, pastel finishes and grey random lay flooring with pops of colour on the soft seating and desktop screens. Our client wanted the existing space with the exposed features to shine through, with our design and fitout to compliment this rather than overpowering the space.
I’ve found Calibro phenomenal to work with, they have been clear, they’ve been transparent. There has been nothing too hard for them. From the day that I received the portfolio to say this is what Flax House would look like for Flexera it was so clear to me what the space would look like…
Phil Wilkinson, Belfast Site Lead