Trendy makeover for hous­ing trust

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - RHIANNON MCDOWALL

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

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