Our London office has taken on a visionary, new project which provides a great antidote for the isolation reported by many younger Generation Y and Zers, forced to work from bedrooms and cramped living spaces during lockdown.
Led by managing director, Rory Smyth, Office Principles’ London team is working on a design and fit out project on Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park for new start up, Work & Play – a serviced co-working space and members club, designed to encourage wellness and activity.
Situated on the ground floor of a residential block, the 5000 sq ft project includes key services upgrades and infrastructure alterations. Originally intended to provide for three retail units, the team is adapting the space to accommodate a single unit and will oversee the full fit out, from infrastructure to final finishes.
Originated by management consultant, Freddie Scobey and entrepreneur, Tobias Batkin, Work & Play invites its members to join a collaborative working space that seeks to encourage users to get active and fit.
Rory explains: “It’s a slightly off the wall project as it’s a new concept which blends the idea of making office spaces more flexible, healthy and fun with a quest to provide a social alternative to working from home for a generation that has been starved of meeting up with its peers and being able to enjoy the perks of the working environment.”
Incorporating a studio wellness space with a myriad of uses, including a TRX bar in the ceiling for calisthenic workouts, custom floorspace for pilates, yoga, life-drawing and more. Work & Play promotes the importance of balance across daily routines and provides opportunities to find physical and mental wellbeing. The office area will include collaborative working space and a general coffee / bar area boasting a high-performance Scanomat coffee machine.
Rory continues: “We excel at altering spaces and making them work to fit the end user and were able to come up with a flow of designs to bounce off the client and to help the idea gain traction. We’ve worked collaboratively with an enthusiastic and inspirational group of people and are delighted to be involved from the beginning on what will hopefully be the first of many Work & Play spaces.
Working to budget and a tight timeline, the space should be completed by the end of September and is set to welcome collaborators and freelancers; people working from home who miss the interaction of an office and want to get out, get active and get social.