GFI were founded in 1987 and provides market brokerage in cash, derivatives, commodities and emerging markets.
GFI wanted to increase their headcount and move to new premises where all their staff could be together under one roof. Our brief from them was to modernise their workplace implement better communications and adopt a more collaborative approach across their office. They also wanted us to increase the headcount by moving teams from their satellite offices across to the new building. Materials, finishes and products were implemented to support their brand, and all construction work was planned to a 14 weeks timescale.
The Office Fit Out
This office fit out included both Cat ‘A’ and Cat ‘B’ refurbishments back to back as well as new M&E, data cabling and power supplies throughout.
The formation of the comms room was quite a large part of the project which required specialist contactor from both our side and also the clients. Dedicated servers’ and cooling was a challenge that we had to overcome. The open plan environment supported around 300 staff and various meeting facilities which all had AV and flat screen / projectors.
The introduction of state of the art client facing areas was something which was welcomed. The reception incorporated Corian, marble and specialist lighting together with two boardrooms and five meeting facilities of various sizes, all areas supporting their brand, vision and culture.
Furniture was fundamental to the success of this office fitout. Each workstation had to be compact, functional, flexible and all cabling had to be designed so that it was accessible tidy and out of sight. Chairs had to be comfortable and accommodating. Meeting Room / boardroom tables had to be elegant but functional and hardwearing.
Office environment such as these, play important roles in producing and encouraging a certain culture. The collaboration between materials, products, lighting and communication together with knowledge and challenging the norm make for an amazing office design.