Thomson Reuters asked us to design a new New Zealand head office in Wellington for 100 people across 1500 sqm of space. Their old office was a dated fitout over two floors. For the new office on one floor, they wanted to encourage greater inter office engagement and remove duplicity of spaces and resources.
This project presented many challenges including a very compressed delivery schedule, strict adherence to international corporate standards and branding, liaising with an overseas Client, and the financial management of an integrated fitout with the tenants fitout undertaken in conjunction with the building owners base build. As the scope of works evolved it was necessary to integrate additional work into the programme (including a large server room with significant structural loading and design, VESDA and gas flood) without compromising the continuity of work and completion date.
Strong communication and documentation was required to manage the challenges of this project. Our solution was to negotiate the tender and integrate construction with the landlord’s designer and contractor enabling the fitout works to commence early during the landlord makegood, and to be completed on time. We achieved cost savings by integrating key services components for the fitout into the landlord's work.
We delivered a design which adhered to international corporate standards, but with a uniquely New Zealand flavour.