13 January 2023

Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB), the UK’s leading mortgage intermediary brand, has appointed interior design consultancy Office Principles North to design and refurbish its headquarters in Derby.

More than 13,000 sq ft of office space will be redeveloped at the three storey Capital House in Pride Place, creating a more modernised, eco-friendly workplace to accommodate a variety of working needs.


The project will see the complete strip out of the existing building back to shell, paving the way for a new collaborative working environment that will cater for hybrid working and deliver a range of work settings for up to 300 employees.

Office Principles North will create a series of open plan workplace ‘neighbourhoods’, complemented by new meeting rooms, breakout spaces and a large ground floor space for socialising and town hall gatherings. These bespoke working environments will offer colleagues flexibility in how they work, enabling them to thrive and perform at their very best.

Employees will be able to choose from a range of desk and seating options, with fixed desking and agile seating available across a number of collaborative areas and spaces. Access to the latest AV technology to support video conferencing will also be available.

Aesthetically, the workplace will be marked by high quality finishes and a neutral palette, with exposed ceilings, acoustic baffles and crittall glazing, as well as feature pendant lighting.

The space will also promote employee wellbeing through an extensive use of planting, as well as a dedicated area for prayer, nursing parents or meditation.

Visitors will be greeted by an enhanced arrival experience, including a new main entrance to the building and a refurbished façade, as well as LED lighting, timber cladding and new external signage.

Office Principles North has used expert research techniques to inform the new modern design and maximise the available office space.

Gary Tailby, joint managing director of Office Principles North, said:

Many businesses are facing the challenge of delivering workplaces that are capable of retaining and attracting staff post-Covid. MAB recognises that its people want to work in a modern office environment that offers a greater choice in how and where they work and socialise, and provides a more attractive alternative to working from home. We’re proud to be delivering a headquarters building that makes the very best use of available space and allows people to maximise their day.

Claire Smith, people and culture director, MAB, said:

Diversity, equality and inclusion remain a significant focus for MAB, and have been fully incorporated within our state-of-the-art office refurbishment. We understand that all our employees have different needs in terms of their wellbeing and how they work, which is why the new office includes a variety of spaces such as focus areas, pods, and a dedicated wellness room. We’re delighted with the design that Office Principles North has created to completely transform and optimise the space, and we look forward to seeing our colleagues thrive, connect and collaborate in their new office.

The new workplace is expected to be operational in Q1 2023.

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