When Skipton Building Society embarked on the refurbishment of its head office in Skipton, North Yorkshire, it put the wellbeing of its staff firmly on the agenda. With the help of Boss Design and leading fit-out and furniture consultants, Ultimate (Commercial Interiors) Ltd of Silsden, North Yorkshire, the headquarters has been transformed to provide a visually stunning multi-functional space that takes employee collaboration and communication to new heights.
Known as The Bailey, being next door to Skipton Castle, and first built in 1990, the building today provides office space for almost 2,000 staff. At the centre of the project is the creation of a spectacular Atrium - formerly an outdoor courtyard in the centre of the building – which is surrounded by 13 new meeting rooms, a series of hot desk/breakout zones, and six gallery zones. The program also took in existing ground and first floor main corridors, together with ancillary areas. Well-known for its collaborative working solutions, Boss Design was the perfect choice for helping furnish the new interior.
Myriad modular seating by Komac plays a central part in the communal atrium breakout space. Being completely flexible and reconfigurable, this versatile collection provides a series of chain modules that enables the seating to be mixed, linked and easily moved around, thereby offering endless possibilities for a more dynamic and collaborative workspace.
Complete with side tables and arms that accommodate power, this furniture fully supports the ‘work anywhere’ philosophy. Marnie low back lounge chairs by Boss Design also make a stunning addition to this magnificent space; providing an exceptional level of comfort.
To further facilitate simpler team collaboration and to assist with presentations, several mobile Portal technology units by Boss Design also feature throughout The Atrium. These are fully wired to an internal power block which makes connecting a screen as easy as possible.
For the new formal meeting rooms, Boss Design’s Deploy tables complete with power and data facilities present a highly flexible layout that suits a range of meeting scenarios. Accompanying these are Boss Design’s Trinetic task chairs that have scooped awards around the globe. Providing ergonomic excellence and an unrivalled level of comfort, Trinetic is the world’s first fully certified task chair to provide dynamic support without the need for manual user adjustment.
Commenting on the new workspace, Ivan Le Roux, Head of Insurance and Property Services at Skipton Building Society said: “Being listed as one of the UK’s ‘Top 100 Best Companies to Work For’ for the third year running, we take staff wellbeing very seriously. Our new space not only fully embraces team collaboration and communication, it has created a more streamlined and connected workplace, all of which helps our colleagues stay more fulfilled and productive. We are delighted with the end result.”