A Look Inside BBS Capital’s New London Office
Financial company BBS Capital hired workplace design firm Peldon Rose to design their new office in London, England.
“From the outset, 2 Cross Keys Close feels characterful, with a grand entrance that consists of two large double doors harking back to the building’s previous life as an equestrian stable. This dramatic entryway can also be thrown open in the summer months to welcome visitors and give the company a visible presence on the street and in the community.
Stepping inside, brand identity is immediately established, with bespoke signage in the entryway. The team lifted the firm’s colour palette from a dark black to a lighter grey, with orange features, for a welcoming entrance that remains on brand.
As with most central London locations, maximising space is key, and a dedicated storage wall was created in this lobby area. Personalised touches were incorporated, including a cupboard complete with ventilation, primarily for coats and cycle / motorbike gear to dry on wet days; a feature created in response to understanding how team members commute to the office. Cycle storage was also included to remove any potential barriers to healthy commuting and help give employees viable options for travel to work in the capital. Clutter negatively impacts productivity, so helping people keep the space clean is about much more than aesthetics.
To create an impactful client experience, the whole floor plan has been opened up to help the original structure feel bigger and brighter, and the lighting has also been upgraded to lift the previously dark space. In keeping with the colour scheme, feature copper lights hang above a large coffee bar-style tea point, designed for the team and clients to gather and socialise, an element lacking in their previous
workspace. The Peldon Rose interior design team selected a Rustic, on-brand orange tile for the wall to make it jump out from the rest of the space. The brighter colours bring energy and encourage that all-important collaboration and socialisation.
Two meeting rooms sit across the back wall of the ground floor, where the soft grey tones continue. Peldon Rose provided an acoustic finish in each space to maintain the ambience across the office. Dedicated breakout spaces have been implemented across the ground floor, with soft furnishings grouped around a low New York loft-style coffee table, promoting more natural interactions between employees and providing a less formal atmosphere to meet with clients. The pops of orange branding appear throughout the entire space, as well as a core focus on biophilia, helping to encourage end-user wellbeing and spark creativity. Ultimately, the ground floor has a truly buoyant atmosphere, offering a space
where staff can relax, socialise, or entertain clients.”
- Location: London, England
- Date completed: 2022
- Design: Peldon Rose