This transition saw Sabio move from a traditional office space to an award-winning, refurbished building in the heart of the City Centre overlooking the vibrant Royal Exchange Sq.
SABIO’s move from a traditional office space to an award winning, refurbished building in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre led to a collaboration with SPACE for a complete transformation of the first floor of Royal Exchange House on Queen Street. The objective of the project was to deliver a workplace that would enable staff to do their work better and do so in an environment that offered more choice and supported their health and wellbeing. The open plan nature of the design responded to this brief, along with creating specific secure zones for project teams and pockets of quiet, private space for staff. The heart of the office provides a generous break-out area with bespoke tiered seating for town hall talks and staff events, encouraging the group culture they are keen to foster.
From the outset, SABIO wished to make a statement with their new office—one that would last far beyond day one in occupation. The finishes were selected with practical durability and maintenance in mind while the space was designed to create an identity for the Glasgow team that included a nod to their Scottish location. This was reflected in the fabric choices, such as ‘Bute Fabrics’, which have a rich Scottish heritage and are well known for their unique colour pallets and traditional manufacturing methods. Using these fabrics helped to bring texture and depth to each space.
The goal was to inject fun into the space through the use of bold colour (which is considered to enhance staff well-being) and to position staff next to the natural light that surrounds the perimeter of the space. Biophilic elements have been positioned in areas where the natural light is limited in order to connect to the outside environment. The main success has been in bringing people together, not just physically but culturally, invigorating the workforce as one team while keeping the customer at the centre of everything SABIO do.