CEG Kirkstall Forge
Named the best ‘Commercial Workplace’ in the UK by the British Council of Offices (BCO), Number One is the first office within the £400million Kirkstall Forge 57-acre, mixed-use development of 1,050 homes and 300,000 sq ft of high quality offices, leisure, shops and restaurants.
Boldly conceived as a product that doesn’t currently exist in the market: it is a Grade A, BREEAM Excellent, WiredScore Platinum, EPC A rated, high-quality office befitting a city centre, but its location reflects the emphasis on the quality of working life. Surrounded by 150 acres of green space, riverside views within a wooded valley, alongside a canal towpath empowers active lifestyle choices for employees and a car free commute via bicycle or on foot.
The brief to SpaceInvader for the ground floor was to create a central community destination space, home to a variety of facilities and functions to support the residents of Number One, as well as those using the adjacent railway station, visitors and future residents.
Connection to the natural exterior surroundings and the generous interior planting reflects the emphasis on biophilic design, providing high levels of indoor air quality and a reduction in pollutants from office equipment – boosting well-being.
For the ground floor mixed use spaces, considered space planning coupled with bold forms and a layered materials palette ensures that the different functions and demographic of staff / visitors / cafe and evening bar clientele can “rub along” together in the one space.
Sustainable travel is promoted through the onsite railway station, tailored travel guide, car share scheme, cycle and scooter hire and EV charging points. The riverside setting and green space are proven to reduce stress, blood pressure levels, heart rates and productivity. Occupants note the sense of calm and serenity through reduced columns on floorplates, allowing more natural light to stream into the floorplate and expansive views.
The interior design through its facilities and look & feel needed to reflect the context of Number One in this unique setting, whilst representing the diversity of staff and visitors on site to create a professional, relaxed environment.