This year, we’ve continued expanding our not-for-profit project portfolio with many other projects, including our latest project for Stroke Association.
With more projects currently on site, we are committed to working with not-for-profits and creating high quality workplaces which enable these organisations to recruit and retain the best talent in order to continue delivering to our community.
Having fitted out over 130,000 sq ft for not-for-profit office space, we’ve got to understand the challenges these teams face on a daily basis. We are committed to working hard for not-for-profits and delivering modern workplace environments at an affordable price point.
So far this year, we’ve had the pleasure of working with Big Lottery Fund, Arthritis Research UK, Together UK for Mental Wellbeing, Save the Children and many more. The AIS team is honoured to have been able to work with those charities and we look forward to our future not-for-profit projects.
AIS Workplace New Office
Our team grew massively at the end of last year and with the addition of 25 new staff over 2 short months, we very quickly outgrew our old space at Cannon St and had to find something new. The move marked a significant change for our team, as we decided to ‘practice what we preach’ so to say, and implement hot desking for the majority of our workforce. Each member of our team has an allocated locker to store their personal items and we have a clean desk policy so that at the beginning of each day we make the decision on where to sit based on the tasks we have to do that day.
While it’s taken a bit of time to get used to, it has enabled us to work more efficiently. At the beginning of a project when we form a project team, who sit together throughout the entirety of the project allowing for better and quicker communication and more refined pricing and programme outcomes. Plus, we have a bit of fun hiding people’s belongings in pot plants if they’re left out at the end of each day!
Our talented design team created us an impressive front of house suite, consisting of a 14-person boardroom, informal meeting room and a client lounge, which merges into our staff breakout area. The space benefits from complete flexibility as it can be turned into a seminar space to host up to 70 people. With the addition of our Sonos sound system, it gives us even more freedom to host a party for up to 100!
In order to keep everyone on schedule, the Evoko room manager system allows users to book meeting rooms via the touchpad screens. Our Microsoft Surface hubs make it easy for our designers to quickly sketch out ideas, while also allowing us to easily video conference into our other offices across Europe.
Ten months into our new office space journey, we would like to thank all the suppliers and trades who helped us out in creating our new space.
Our doors are always open for you to drop in. We look forward to welcoming you to our new home!Make Your Office Work – Breakfast Seminar Review
Our panel of experts included our own Head of Design, Simon Hart, Hannah Nardini, Workplace Strategist & Managing Director of WK Space and Sarah Booth, Design Manager at, Kinnarps.
The panellists spoke about influencing and handling cultural changes in the design of your workplace and answered our guests’ questions regarding adapting to those changes. We’ve highlighted a few of the key take-away messages below.
Your office design starts with your people
Engaging with members of your team is crucial in transforming your workforce. In order to understand what needs have to be responded to, turn to representatives from each different team that make up your business to find out from a first-hand perspective what is currently working for them and what’s not. This is key in understanding your current workplace culture. Once you get a full understanding, you can then decide whether it needs to change or whether you want to nurture your existing culture.
Empowerment of choice
The most successful workplaces are the ones that build a culture of trust.
Over the last decade we’ve seen a new appreciation for differences emerge and there is now significant research to back up the belief that designing for different types of workers, eg introverts and extroverts will help you to achieve more efficiency from your workforce.
The panellists all agreed that although these ideas are often embraced and in turn implemented into the design of a new workplace, after occupation these spaces are often underutilised due to workplace cultures that lack trust.
If you are moving to a space that introduces new ways of working you must implement the appropriate cultural changes to work alongside this and allow staff to feel like they can be trusted to work in these spaces.
Make sure staff are aware they have a choice of work spaces and encourage these spaces be used.
Day 1 is the beginning not the end..
The end of your refurbishment is not the end of your journey but really – the beginning. Usually, it takes around 6 – 8 months for a team to settle in and for you to see your culture change after moving into your new office. It is vital to be open to feedback in these first months and similarly be on the lookout for any negative behaviours that are forming to stamp them out before they become a habit.
We would like to thank our speakers and guests for joining us – our next talk will be held in February, and we’ll be discussing the effects Brexit has had on office markets across the UK and Europe – stay tuned for more details!
AIS Nominated for Interior Design of the Year!
Our project for Arthritis Research UK has been nominated for the ‘Interior Design of the Year” at the London Construction Awards…
Our project for Arthritis Research UK is up for nomination at the The London Construction Awards!
The awards seek innovation, development, and achievements within the ever-growing construction industry.
The interior design of the year award category recognises the designers and teams who go above and beyond to set new standards and push past boundaries to transform the spaces in which London lives and works. AIS will compete against ten other finalists.
The event takes place tonight at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington.
Keep an eye out on our social media channels for more updates this evening!On Site – 56,750 sq ft New Office in Maidenhead
AIS Workplace have begun work on one of our biggest projects yet – 56,750 sq ft spread over four floors, and a design scheme that supports innovation.
The project is an exiting progression for our client in growing their London presence after the completion of their first London office in the Cheesegrater which we completed back in 2017.
Located in Maidenhead the project has been designed around light, both natural and artificial.Engagement with the client has allowed us to understand each teams’ method of work and the way they communicate, enabling us to create a completely tailored design and layout.
The team conforms to more traditional ways of working, with each staff member having their own dedicated desk or office. Collaboration and connectivity concepts are still catered for throughout the space, with a diverse range of meeting spaces and collaboration zones scattered throughout the floor plates.
With the team spread across all four floors encouraging staff interaction away from their desks has been a key element in the overall design. In response our design team has created places that people will naturally gravitate to, including a large canteen area that occupies part of the ground floor, as well as an external café space and community break out area that includes soft seating and games tables for a more relaxed vibe.
New Ways of Working for Stroke Association
We are really proud to be working with Stroke Association on the refurbishment of their new workplace in Shoreditch.
The Stroke Association team came to us with concerns their existing space was adversely affecting their teams ability to collaborate, share knowledge and communicate amongst teams. With limited meeting rooms, especially for smaller teams and a mechanical plant at the end of its’ life causing to poor heating and cooling control, many of their staff were concerned with the under-performing nature of the space.
We worked in close collaboration with the Stroke Association project team to come up with a modern workplace design that encourages collaboration and innovation through new ways of working. Their new office space has a mix of working spaces, including activity based work zones, workers lounge space and a large communal kitchen and break out area to allow for communal gatherings.
We are looking forward to continuing work on site in collaboration with the Stroke Association team and can’t wait to see their new space come to life.Kate McDermott name in Mix Interiors Top 30 Under 30
We are super proud that one of our designers has been named in the Mix Interiors Top 30 Under 30 – recognising rising stars in the London design and build community!
Following on from the Mixology awards last night, one of our designers Kate has been named as one of Mix Interiors’ 30 Under 30 in their annual look at the rising stars of the London design and build community.
Kate joined the AIS team in 2016 and in this short period of time has developed her skill-set and knowledge of workplace design and build that has enabled her to develop at an exceptional pace, delivering people-centred workplace to a number of our happy clients!
Congratulations Kate and we look forward to seeing your continued development!AIS to Create New Workplace for Publieurope
We are very happy to announce that we have been appointed by Publieurope to complete the works for their new London headquarters.
Located in the heart of Fitzrovia, a thriving media and creative hub we were instructed to design a new workplace that created an attractive and modern workplace environment that would captivate and retain the best talent in advertising.
We are looking forward to further developing our relationship with the Publieurope team and creating a bespoke workplace that delivers for their team well into the future.AIS off to a racing start with Hutch Games
We are excited to share news with you that we have began works with gaming company Hutch Games on their new office fit out in Shoreditch.
Situated in London’s tech hub of Shoreditch, the Hutch Games project team came to us with a brief to create a bespoke and fun workplace that would attract the most in demand tech talent.
The company wanted their new workplace to facilitate collaboration and the sharing of concepts and ideas amongst their team. Our design team has created a number of group work spaces in the layout including a large kitchen and dining area, informal meeting lounge, and a conference room to facilitate up to 60 guests for entertaining and presenting.
The technology sector is now the largest source of office demand in London with Shoreditch now recording the most expensive real estate costs of any tech hub in the world, overtaking San Francisco’s tech district in 2017.
We look forward to working with Hutch Games and creating a workplace to allow their team to continue creating awesome action packed games!AIS begin work with ‘Together UK’
AIS are delighted to announce that we have started work with ‘Together UK’ – one of the country’s leading mental health organisations on the design and fit out of their new 5,500 sq ft workplace in Lambeth, South London.
The project has presented us with an opportunity to implement new ways of working to the Together team. We’ve created a large ‘Central Hub’ space within the core of the floor plate which provides staff with a multi-functional hub, a place they can come together to eat, socialise, meet and work encouraging interaction between staff that are split across two levels and offering an alternate place of work.
The project is a welcome addition to our ever increasing portfolio of not-for-profit workplaces, and we look forward to bringing you more project updates along the way!Our New Maintenance Team – Workplace Care
Enriched workplace maintenance and care.
We are pleased to announce that we have expanded and renamed our workplace maintenance offering to ‘AIS Workplace Care.’ Our name change reflects our commitment to constantly enhancing your workplace environment and our pledge to create workplace environments that truly care for your staff, allowing them to function at their best.
The Workplace Care team are one of the most important parts of our organisation and will be on hand to maintain personal contact with you to offer continuous care of your workplace environments.
We offer a fully comprehensive maintenance service that can be tailored to your individual needs. Whether it be on an ad-hoc basis or a fully bespoke PPM agreement based around your mandatory legislation requirements and specific service agreements.
You can be assured that we will be on hand as your organisation continues to grow after your fit out, ensuring your space performs at the same strength it did from day one well into the future.
To get in touch and discuss your office maintenance plan please call the AIS Workplace Care direct line on 020 7101 1176 or contact us here.Moving On Up – Recommendations for your office relocation
A workplace relocation presents an opportunity for a fresh start and can often be the catalyst for change amongst your workplace culture, presenting an opportunity to change client and employee perceptions of your business and the way you operate, often motivating and encouraging performance amongst your team. However, while a relocation project can be an exciting and positive time it is also a period of major change that requires utmost care.
The way you manage and communicate your move process is crucial and will ultimately determine whether your workforce will hit the ground running in their new location or face challenges in operation. Here are our top three recommendations for ensuring a hassle free move.
The earlier you can start planning the better. While an office relocation may on the surface seem daunting, the best approach is to break it down into manageable steps. An experienced project manager can you to do this and is crucial in any successful move.
It is important to remember to plan not only for your physical move, involving IT and phone systems, office furniture and other equipment, but to also plan for people. If you can evolve a plan that has minimal impact on your people themselves, there will be less impact on your organisations culture and climate.
Don’t forget your stakeholders in the planning process and ensure they are kept in the loop on your new workplace location ahead of time to avoid any lost communications.
A relocation can be a confronting and stressful time for employees, being uprooted from their usual environment and a poorly communicated move management plan can quickly result in the development of informal processes to fill voids which can have negative consequences.
Keep your staff regularly informed with clear and consistent messaging. Make sure that the purpose of your move is clearly defined from the beginning of the project and framed as a positive and enriching opportunity. As your project progresses set a timeline for your team and ensure key milestones and expectations are laid out as early as possible.
You staff may have differing expectations about your move and their new environment and can often cause stress amongst certain individuals. In order to ensure your staff are satisfied that we have taken a comprehensive approach to their new workplace, the AIS design team can host a staff engagement workshop to draw attention to the features of their proposed new environment. By leveraging our passion for holistic design, we feel we can make your team confident their concerns have been considered and thoughtfully addressed in our resulting design solution.
It’s important to also prepare staff for any technology changes in their new environment. You might need to consider running training sessions for any new IT, as well as ensuring staff know how to use their new facilities including how to book meeting rooms and any other new shared resources.
Once you’re settled into your new home it’s time to celebrate! A successful move offers an opportunity for engagement with staff and stakeholders. Many of our clients will use the opportunity to host welcome events marking both their physical transition and a reinvigorated approach to business.Our New Corporate Identity and Website!
We have grown at a phenomenal rate in recent years, from a small team of 10 to now, with an ever expanding team of 65, we believe it is thanks to our people and strong client relationships that have got us to where we are today.
It is with this in mind that we have created our new corporate identity. Focussed around bringing you dynamic, people centred spaces that work for everyone, stimulating both individuals and businesses.
Encapsulating our new brand the new AIS website which features regular news and insights from our expert team demonstrates our fully adaptable approach to delivering exemplary workplaces that exceed both the expectations and ambitions of our clients.
Our new office at St Paul’s House is a showcase space demonstrating our ability to create enriching workplace environments and exhibits our progression as a company.
We are excited to continue working with you in the future and look forward to sustained success.