In 2011, White Design supported Triodos Bank to relocate its current Bristol-based UK head office to new, bespoke offices in the centre of the city. As well as the requirement for a smooth transition from one building to another, a key driver for the client was internal culture change.
White Design provided design and construction advice during the relevant phases, whilst also fulfilling project and change management roles for the organisation. The design brief called for a wholly sustainable solution and this was considered at every stage both at a material level and at a management level. Materials, furniture and ICT equipment were interrogated thoroughly prior to selection and implementation, the interior designers were challenged both by White Design and Triodos Bank to ensure the details of each product could stand up to social and environmental scrutiny. Likewise Triodos’ supply chain was selected based on their core principle and policies.
The bank occupies four floors in total with a welcoming street level entrance for customers, has a handmade reception desk and a living wall. The next two floors are private and secure areas for co-workers. Each floor plate has a beautifully designed kitchen with zip taps, recycling points and lockers. It is an open plan office with integrated meeting areas and private offices in parts, the wooden worktops add to the richness of the space and compliment the palette of materials used throughout.
The fourth floor is a centre piece for the building and is designed for the comfort and practicality. Formal and informal areas throughout the floor adds to the excitement of the space. This area is well used and is brings together the people that occupy the building.
The approach taken by Triodos Bank have helped to make their UK Headquarters a truly sustainable, people-centred and business-focused solution.