Built With: Cultural change in mind
Global charity consolidates London HQ to embed workplace culture.
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52,000 SQ FT
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“The new open-plan environment allows for more interaction between departments.”
The fit out project
Amnesty International is the world’s largest and most influential human rights organisation, supported globally by seven million people. In 2015, Amnesty took the decision to consolidate its two buildings into a single site, located on Easton Street in Clerkenwell, London.
Amnesty continually adapts to dramatic changes in the world and required a workplace that would reflect and help embed the same dynamic culture into its workforce, through innovative and integrated ways of working.
BW led the fit out of the 52,000 square foot project, working alongside Sheppard Robson architects. Paul Etherington, Senior Project Manager at BW took charge; drawing on his client-side experience from earlier in his career. Paul introduced informal weekly catch-ups throughout the project, allowing Amnesty to raise any concerns and clarify details. These gathered in momentum throughout the works, resulting in Paul being invited to the clients’ internal work stream meetings. This meant decisions could be made promptly and the programme timeline maintained.
Spanning four floors, the fit out involved a shift from a highly cellular space to a completely open-plan environment. BW faced two key challenges: the construction of a new communications room – whilst ensuring the existing one remained live throughout – and the removal of a link bridge. In both cases, planning and supplier and client communications were key to BW successfully managing the process.
The new open-plan environment allows for more interaction between departments, greater knowledge sharing, and new ways of approaching projects for the benefit of the organisation and the causes it supports.