Most offices are fairly functional and often border on the bland side, which can affect morale. But, there’s no reason why your working day shouldn’t be spent in an awesome, inspiring environment. Here are five of the most amazing offices in the UK that everyone would aspire to working in.
There’s nothing ordinary about this office, as global giant Google has had top interior designers painstakingly create a vibrant and almost futuristic office space at its London headquarters. Divided into individual areas or zones, workers can escape to the plush library; hold an alfresco meeting on a rooftop affording stunning views across the capital, as well as brief clients in meeting rooms based on flower power themes and even retreat to a padded cell. Green-fingered workers also have access to allotments on the ninth floor of the mammoth building, but if gardening isn’t your thing, then there are sunken snugs, daybeds and even a jet fighter ejector seat. It hardly sounds like the kind of place you’d come to do a day’s work!
This gaming company located in Shoreditch, London is the headquarters for the famous Moshi Monsters, and the environment for the workers is very much based around play. The walls are adorned in brightly coloured illustrations from Mind Candy’s games, and if you’re feeling a little creative, staff are actively encouraged to do a bit of colouring on the walls themselves. If staff don’t feel like taking the stairs, they can come down a slide instead. Meetings take place in funky-coloured, padded booths. And who says nothing in life is free? If you work at Mind Candy, you can help yourself to treats from the sweet machines!
Richard Branson’s Edinburgh-based office has been voted one of the coolest offices to work in, in the UK, based on its architectural flair, and its sustainable and economic construction. It has also been awarded the accolade of best recycled and refurbished workplace in Great Britain. Functional and stylish, the decor throughout the office is heavily influenced by red tones, the colour associated with the Virgin brand. Open, light spaces and the dominance of glass create an uplifting environment to work in, complete with plush red chairs and sofas dotted with red cushions. It’s high-tech, futuristic but comfortable and inspiring, too.
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Based in Manchester, this IT organisation believes its staff are the core of its business, and as a result, the office resembles an environment with an ethos reflecting home and family values. Employees can prepare their lunch in a potting shed and eat it picnic-style in an indoor grassy area, surrounded by dazzling flowers. Boasting vibrant colours and carefully selected interior design, the office is contemporary, utterly stylish yet never far from a sense of fun. The rooms are based on various themes reflecting different areas of the home, from a very retro 70s meeting room to a palatial drawing-room style zone, there’s a changing theme to reflect different environments.
Home of the famous smoothies, Innocent in London (dubbed Fruit Towers) exudes more of a playground feel than that of an office. Complete with indoor artificial grass, benches, ping pong tables and a library, it begs the question when staff find the time to work! As an added bonus, staff can drink as many smoothies as they like, and enjoy free breakfast. Bunting drapes across the walls to give a celebratory feel to the offices, and iconic red telephone boxes add a touch of quintessential Englishness to the vibe of the building. Themed meeting rooms give the offices a unique and quirky edge, as they reflect different aspects of the business.
This article was written by Crispin Jones. Crispin is currently expanding his business and, with a little help from the team at www.louchshacklock.com, has finally found the perfect office for his team to call their home. He’s keen to make his new office as homely as possible, and looks to bigger corporations for inspiration. He personally loves Innocent’s ‘Lego wall’ but is yet to convince his office manager that it will help productivity!