Published on:

22 March 2023

Updated on:

26 April 2023

Read time:

2 minutes

Gary Tailby

Managing Director

Tina Batham

Managing Director

Interior design consultancy, Office Principles North, has handed over the new state-of-the-art headquarters of the UK’s leading mortgage intermediary brand, Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB).

The three-storey Capital House at Pride Place in Derby has been reimagined as a modern, inclusive and eco-friendly office which offers people a greater choice in how and where they work and socialise.

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Office Principles North has designed and delivered more than 13,000 sq ft of collaborative workspace that has been informed by expert research techniques.

The bespoke office design provides a range of work settings for up to 300 people and is centred around open plan ‘neighbourhoods’, complemented by areas for group activities and focused work.

Work settings include private pods, meeting rooms, breakout spaces and a large ground floor space for town hall gatherings, and there is also a wide range of fixed and agile desk and seating options to choose from.

Employee wellbeing is at the heart of the new workspace design, with an emphasis on planting and natural daylight, and a dedicated area for prayer, nursing parents or meditation.

Other features include exposed ceilings, acoustic baffles and crittall glazing, as well as feature pendant lighting and the latest AV technology to support video conferencing.

The refurbishment also includes a new main entrance to the building and a refurbished façade, with new LED lighting, timber cladding and external signage.

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This is an exciting, modern and transformative refurbishment that delivers a workspace where everyone can thrive. “We completely stripped the building back to shell to enable us to optimise the available space and create an office environment that is built around the way people work and play. This is a workplace that not only encourages collaboration and hybrid ways of working, but will go some way to attracting and retaining talent too.

Gary Tailby, Joint Managing Director of Office Principles North

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We adopt a people-first approach at MAB, complementing our ESG strategy, and we wanted to create an environment to support our focus on wellbeing, diversity, and sustainability. “Office Principles North had a clear understanding of the requirements we provided to them, delivering the project on time and to an incredibly high standard. We’re so proud of the diverse and collaborative working environments we can offer to our colleagues, allowing them to thrive and perform at their best.

Claire Smith, People and Culture Director, Mortgage Advice Bureau

Meet the Authors

Having spent over 25 years in the industry, Gary is a highly proficient leader, with an all-encompassing knowledge of the commercial property market. The list of major corporates he has worked for spans all sectors and reflects his passion for exploring fresh business opportunities and breaking new ground. An enthusiastic team player, as well as a leader and director, Gary is intent on making sure that clients always attain their vision.

With over 25 years’ experience, Tina is a recognised and trusted industry leader whose client portfolio spans a huge body of work. Having consulted across most sectors, Tina is proficient in identifying the best solutions; focusing and advising on any single project to achieve outstanding results. As managing director, Tina is a hands-on team player as well as a strategist and experienced business development professional.