Utopi are experts in helping businesses reduce the environmental impact of their estates. When they outgrew their old space, it was only fitting that their new location at the recently converted EastWorks, Clyde Gateway was created with sustainability and flexibility at its core.
In a true sustainability-driven partnership, we worked with Utopi to create a versatile workplace, integrating private and communal areas to foster collaboration and professionalism, allowing Utopi to transition from a cramped, serviced office to a place where their identity could shine.
The design needed to reflect the client’s brand identity while adhering to sustainable practices and reflecting their commitment to environmental responsibility. Understanding the client’s need for a unified workplace, we developed a comprehensive space plan to create a journey through the office. By balancing private and open areas, we added depth and character to what was essentially just a rectangular space. Biophilic design plays a key role in enhancing the space, lending warmth to the overall aesthetic and staying true to the client’s eco-friendly approach.
The mezzanine floor has been designed as a place to bring the team together, away from the core workspaces. The large deep green kitchen includes a central island with planting and high stools, leading to a variety of breakout spaces.
The space makes use of recycled furniture where possible, including open plan desking, acoustic desk screening and task chairs. Every effort was made to first source recycled furniture, but where new items were used, they were derived from sustainable, renewable materials with an emphasis on quality and circularity. Sustainability was at the forefront of this project, and it was an absolute delight collaborating with a team who share the same commitment to environmentally responsible design.
- Sensitively refurbished industrial building (stripped back, zero waste, CAT A).
- Effective use of recycled furniture.
- Acoustic solutions through use of wall and flooring acoustic products and materials.
- Creating an open environment in the mezzanine that feels connected and provides a multi-use space.
- The importance of keeping the biophilic design to sooth the crisp white box provided.