In late 2017 Conibere Phillips was commissioned by Dyson for a second time following the success of our Oxford Street project. Dyson’s continuing success and rapid expansion required them taking two floors in a recently refurbished office building in central Bristol.
Totalling over 2,700sqm Dyson required a design for the fitting out of the space to accommodate a number of company departments in a hotdesk flexible working arrangement.
Conibere Phillips was commissioned, together with building services specialists, to develop a detailed concept design to be used for a tender process to appoint a design and build contractor. The work was required to be done to a short programme, to allow the building to be occupied as soon as possible.
A number of design options were explored so that the client PM team could consult with the intended occupiers. An iterative design process continued over a number of weeks as occupier feedback informed the design, and further occupiers were introduced to the project.
The recent Category A fit out of the building included a raised access floor with limited floor void and a standard tiled access ceiling. A number of alternate servicing strategies were explored with the MEP consultants to see how the demanding servicing requirements could be accommodated within these constraints. This included options for the high level distribution of electrical and data services and a new ceiling system composed of acoustic baffles. The final design proposal saw a hybrid solution adopted with the replacement of areas of ceiling over key areas only.
As well as the practical considerations of the building there was a strong desire that the Dyson staff occupying the building did not feel secondary to those who are located at the company HQ in near by Malmesbury. Special consideration was given to front of house areas, meeting and break out areas, effectively focusing the budget on key areas.
The design stage from appointment to tender was completed in approximately 2 months, with the project starting on site in early 2018 and completed in May.