Inside International Pension Fund’s New London Office
International Pension Fund hired workplace design studio Peldon Rose to design their new office in London, England.
“Located in Westminster in central London, the space makes for an attractive offering, with optimal transport links and easy access to anywhere in the city.
The brief was clear; to create an attractive, open-plan office space that would appeal to a variety of potential tenants. With many businesses now preparing to return to the office, the project provides the perfect opportunity for the client to let the property to a business looking for a flexible and collaborative, ready-to-work space.
Creating a warm, welcoming open plan space within the heart of London
Upon entering the space, tenants are greeted by a welcoming and open reception space, with soft furnishings, wooden furniture and planting incorporated throughout. The use of soft grey within the design creates a calming presence as well as a place for either a quiet chat or equally, a polished and professional waiting area for visitors. The sought after central London location of 10 Dean Farrah Street has been incorporated into the design with a striking ‘No 10’ wall vinyl embedded into the frosted glass, separating the area from the rest of the office space.
With a 4,819 sq ft floorplate, the design maximises all the space available to really sell the office to any prospective tenants. To make the most of the floor space, two meeting rooms and the boardroom have been tucked neatly along the left-hand side of the office. Soft, bench style seating has been placed on the edge of the boardroom, converting the space into a multifunctional one that allows for larger internal or external meetings. Wide windows and glass walling, flood the office with natural light throughout, to create an airy, open space.
A space to build social capital
Peldon Rose has now created areas for teams to congregate, whether for social gatherings or team meetings. The newly designed breakout space and tea point allow for this through banquet style seating as well as an impressive Corian® topped island and work surfaces with high chairs. This space brings people together and helps to build upon any social capital that may have been lost over the past year. Colleagues can enjoy those spontaneous interactions or ‘water cooler’ moments, foster friendships or learn from each other without being confined to a desk or a meeting room.
Creating a high quality ready-to-work space
A standout objective for the client was ensuring that wellbeing played a crucial role throughout the design. The landscape of the office means that the majority of the floor space is flooded with natural light, which can help to boost wellbeing as well as concentration and productivity levels. Principles of biophilic design have been built into the design with additional tall potted plants and foliage, aimed at improving wellbeing and boosting productivity levels.
The Peldon Rose design team have brought to life an open plan office space, that balances a variety of working styles. Working closely alongside the furniture team, high seated booths, which have been acoustically designed to minimise noise and provide privacy, have been added to the space. Feature lighting, such as the pendants above the island in the breakout space, soften the design bringing in a homely element. The darker furnishings and walls contrast with the softness of the wooden flooring and light cabinets. High-end finishes within the tea point not only look impressive, but are built to last and minimise everyday wear and tear.”
- Location: London, England
- Date completed: 2021
- Design: Peldon Rose