October 6th, 2014. Ben Lloyd
The 7 Most Inspiring HQs in the World
When a client walks into your business premises, first impressions count. No matter how brilliant your speech is, or how hard you work, if your office looks tatty and unkempt you’re not going to get far.
Your commercial finance can cover not only the purchase of the property, but the cost to do it up too. So if you are planning an office redesign take some design inspiration from the following companies. They know how to make a first impression that will be remembered:
BBC, Media City, Salford
This is the BBC’s brand new, northern HQ and isn’t it swish? This open plan hot desking office is fitted with the latest design features including telephone chairs, collaboration pods and even giant neon thought wheels. And don’t think you can get away with being naughty here; the security guards will catch you on their Segway scooters!
Corus Entertainment, Toronto, Canada
Who wouldn’t want a 3 story slide in their office atrium? The Corus Entertainment office is huge, at 500,000sqft and it is home to over 1,000 members of staff. The company believes that if their staff have fun, they will be in a great mood and be more productive at work. So as you may imagine there are a number of unusual features besides the slide, including ice hockey rink shaped tables in the meeting rooms.
(image: Desk Union)
Hootsuite, Vancouver, Canada
This is the dream office for many people. It’s a converted police station, with its own yoga studio, tent offices, nap room and beer taps in the kitchen. Don’t miss happy hour Friday from 5pm! The company even allows staff to bring their dogs in to work, in order to relieve stress.
Missing Link, Johannesburg, South Africa
Missing Link is a presentation and conference organising company whose bold ideas continue into their office interior design. This bizarre office is colourful and a little bit crazy. It has a slide, a fireman’s pole that lands on a target, and a treehouse too! There’s also a shooting range, tattoo parlour, a stage and even a food truck. This office does look a little confused but we think it is brilliant!
Mind Candy, Shoreditch, London
Game creators Mind Candy have brought the magical world of their games to life in this colourful and cartoon-like office. Home to Moshi Monsters founder Michael Acton Smith, the office is crammed full of all the toys and games you can think of. It’s a big kid’s dream world.
Red Bull, Soho, London
Combine the clean lines and simple elements of modern design with an invigorating brand such as Red Bull and what do you get? Well, a huge slide and a ping pong meeting room of course! The offices were designed by Jump Studios, and we think they’ve got the mix of fun and business just right. What do you think?
Selgas Cano, Madrid, Spain
There is something so peaceful about the woods and Selgas Cano’s self-designed woodland offices take full advantage of this. The architecture firm’s office just outside Madrid, has a curved glass wall, which opens the office to the elements, while keeping its staff warm, dry and focused on work.
Okay, so admittedly a slide or woodland hideaway may be slightly out of budget for your office, but you get the idea. You should be proud of your business premises, so show it off to the best of its ability! What does your dream office look like? Get in touch today to discuss your options for financing it.
Article By Ben Lloyd
October 6th, 2014
Ben is the Director and Co-Founder of the Pure Group and Managing Director of Pure Property Finance.
Following a career in Barclays, where Ben was in the real estate finance team for 8 years, he decided that the market needed a more forward-thinking type of commercial brokerage so founded Pure Commercial Finance (now Pure Property Finance), the first company within the Pure Group.
Ben has extensive experience across the real estate sector and has participated in over £2bn of real estate transactions during the course of his career.
Ben oversees the general strategy at Pure Group and works with the senior leadership team to drive the Group forward. Ben is also on the Executive Committee of FIBA.See more articles by Ben