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£6 million office refurbishment will enable new ways of working
BRISTOL, May 23rd 2016 – A deal has been signed that will see property consultancy, JLL, move to new offices at 31 Great George Street later this year.
Work has started on a £6 million refurbishment project by London based landlords, Hermes, who will extensively reconfigure and refurbish the 1990s building including new windows and atrium, and new services throughout. JLL has taken two floors within the building that will completely modernise the working practices of the company.
Jeremy Richards, head of JLL Bristol office, said: “As a property company, we have advised numerous organisations on relocations and how to get the best out of their office space and this will be a real case of practising what we preach. It has been a fascinating exercise and we hope to provide a case study for clients to come and visit and understand what is possible in a modern working environment.
“Gone are the days that people are wedded to their desks. Time and again research shows that employees are happier and more productive at work if they have a dynamic and collaborative environment and we want our new offices to enable this style of working and provide a variety of locations in which employees can carry out their jobs.
“Desks in our existing offices are only being used about 60 per cent of the time so it makes complete sense to reduce traditional desk numbers and invest in other areas instead. This is not a case of taking less accommodation, but providing more interesting spaces to allow a more agile approach to the working day.”
The new offices will therefore feature at least four working zones including traditional desk space, client meeting rooms, a large café area opening on to a balcony overlooking the city and quiet zone including meeting rooms and pods that can be booked as required.
The design of the offices will also feature exposed ceilings and services similar to tech style spaces. This provides both greater natural light and a more collaborative feel to the space. There will be increased cycle parking, male and female showers, lockers and drying rooms to cater for those who want to walk, run or cycle to work.
Hermes has refurbished the building with a range of energy efficient features including intelligent air conditioning which will allow fan coils to be switched off when windows are opened which could provide energy savings of up to 20 per cent. Tétris-bluu, a wholly owned subsidiary of JLL, will managed the fit-out and refurbishment.
The overall result is going to be a striking design which will not only look good but will give employees a healthy interactive and pleasant working environment.
JLL moves from its existing offices in 40 Berkeley Square where it has been since 1992 by the end of the year.
The company is taking 15,000 sq ft on a new 15 year lease. Follow the project as it develops here.
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