Trendy makeover for housing trust
THE trust which looks after social housing in the town is having a makeover.
Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, based at the Ropewalks on Newton Street, Macclesfield, has drafted in Macclesfield firm BAND Architects to come up with an exciting redesign of its head office.
The refurbishment – which coincides with the firm’s 10th anniversary – has been designed to create a more efficient and healthy office environment for staff.
It will bring together core operations into a single working environment, creating a more homely feel, and will include special ‘pods’ for private work and meetings.
The company appointed to deliver the scheme is specialist commercial fit-out contractor, Brown and Bancroft Interiors, from Bolton.
Tim Pinder, chief executive of Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, said: “We are delighted to name Brown and Bancroft Interiors as our main contractor on this important project.
“Their positive attitude and enthusiasm has impressed me from the initial tender stages right through to the team starting on site.
“In the end, this scheme is all about value for money for us. By renting out the rest of our building and consolidating more functions in this new space we’ll be saving money that can be spent on new homes.”
Work on the 11,500 square foot premises will begin in the summer with a view to staff moving in in September this year.
David Wilcock, practice director at BAND Architects, said: “Our concept taps into the growing trend of bringing domestic, urban design ideas into the workplace.
“Enclosed spaces have been used to define routes and form smaller, domestic scaled zones for staff to collaborate within the large linear floorplate.
“Subtle, natural and calming materials are utilised within the core working areas, and more vibrantly considered ‘pods’ are cleverly distrib- uted throughout the space to create a variety of destinations for private work and team meetings.”
Paul Brown, managing director at Brown and Bancroft Interiors, said: “A lot of time and effort has been put in by the cli- ent team and architects to come up with a creative design solution that meets all the requirements set out in the original brief and we look forward to delivering a unique scheme for an ambitious client.”
The design brings domestic, urban ideas into the workplace
An artist’s impression of the new Peaks and Plains offices
Natural materials will be used to create ‘pods’ for private work and meetings