Innovative office interiors where Agile Working and Sustainability is key.

After Amos Beech Interior Designers received the request from Public Contracts Scotland to participate in the tender for the interior design of the new office of NHS Scotland in Edinburgh, a winning presentation was put forward by head of design Alison Lyall.

In collaboration with Simon Laird architects, Amos Beech Interior Designers created a 92,354 SqFt large innovative office interior, in which agile working and sustainability were the starting point. The building, which was designed by Michael Laird Architects (yes the brother from..) and with room for 400 work stations, has a transparent look, thanks to the two facades made entirely out of glass. The decor is in line with the qualities of the building and adds a private dimension.

Sustainable office interiors for Agile Working

The new office of the NHS Scotland in Edinburgh consists of four floors. The ground floor, where in addition to a number meeting rooms in various sizes, an auditorium and a multifunctional room are situated. Above the ground floor there are three other floors with offices. Out of the centre in the rectangular floor, there is a large, glass enclosed vide. In this ‘Atrium’ a yellow work of art of the Japanese artist Taniguchi, is suspended, right above the open plan meeting area on the ground floor. In the Auditorium a felt wall is installed, designed by Claudy Young and the interior of the building is finished in a papyrus white colour.

In the office space layout and spatial design, the openess and transparency of the building is repected by limiting the height off all design and furniture a maximum height of about 1.6 meters. The result is that apart from the building-related nuclei you look straight throughout the building. Some transparent curtain drops are the only dividers that reach up to the ceiling. The desired enclosed spaces are always based on the angles of the corners of the building and are always right turning, and by using glass operable moving walls as much as possible, the transparency is guaranteed.

The access to the floors from the liftshaft is formed by a landing strip, which runs in two directions along the atrium. Adjacent to this ‘runner’ there are different types of agile workstations situated. The colour scheme of the furnishings is sobre, to make the work of art in the atrium stand out. To the narrower sides of the space next to the atrium, there are workstations situated that form together with the low cabinets and printer units, the secretion from the workstations closer to the windows.

The starting points for the interior design of new NHS Scotland offices in Edinburgh, were to create an effective, modern, ambitious, sobre agile workplace combined with a number of fresh colours that stand out. In addition to this there was also attention to the operational and management costs of the space.

The workplaces around the atrium are put rectangular carpets, which are in line with the pattern of the building-related nuclei, and the collaboration areas are positioned in between the cores. The outer ring along the window area is filled with flexible workstations, one and double concentration sit-stand workstations, small meeting rooms and in each corner of the building, a space for meeting and team work. Connected to these spaces are four themes, that determine the colour scheme and the use of materials. The theme are: ‘modern’, ‘classic’, ‘hot’ and ‘cool’, and they vary per floor, so that every corner gets it’s own character.

The four spheres are reflected in the design of the meeting rooms on the ground floor, where can be chosen from different ways of meeting. The rooms vary in size and décor. There are classic meeting layouts with tables and chairs, but also standing meeting areas and a space for brainstorm sessions. The layout of the multi-purpose room can be changed in a variety of ways, tailored to the activity. This creates an interior design, in which the employees can feel at home and a work comfortably, this with respect for the architectural design.