Albion - Office Fit Out - London, E1

When expanding digital advertising agency Albion London started to outgrow its Shoreditch premises, it was lucky enough to be able to secure another floor in the Tea Building. Albion London specialises in digital media, and with clients such as Innocent, Ebay, Skype and Air New Zealand it needed the new space to encourage creativity while providing attractive, yet functional offices.

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Gifford Grant was first shortlisted and then selected to design the new space prior to project managing and carrying out the fit out in London. The brief was a little unusual, in that not only did the floor need to provide functioning work stations, creative breakout areas and meeting rooms, but also a fully fitted out kitchen facility that by night could transform into a client entertainment area. This area needed to be fun, cosy and embrace the warehouse building's identity.

Using Komfort Polar partition systems with Manet sliding glass doors, light, bright meeting rooms were formed which also incorporated integrated AV systems and magnetic dry wipe walls. The all too commonly used boring manifestations were ditched in favour of stating the obvious with ‘I am glass, do not try to walk through me’ emblazoned on the glass in bold red lettering. New power and data infrastructures were installed to ‘power up’ the new bench desking systems, which are white to encourage the airy feeling the space has.

High gloss black kitchen units were used, with a solid wood worktop and retro door handles, to form an attractive kitchen. Using reclaimed timber, a number of the walls were clad giving a cosy country pub feel in total contrast to the rest of the floor. Blackboard paint was also used on a number of walls in this area, which are frequently used by ‘creatives’ for mapping out ideas or just for doodling on. A bespoke island unit was designed which provides informal meeting space in the day and when moved into position by night acts as a serving area for beverages when client functions are taking place.

This was a fun and truly original fit out in London. We look forward to working with Albion London again on future projects. If you are looking for a refurbishment or fit out of office interiors in London, that is stylish and unique to your organisation, contact Gifford Grant today on 01252 816188. Or find out more about the team behind Gifford Grant.