shedkm have always been at the forefront of innovation in workspace.
As far back as 2000, when we started working on the refurbishment of disused industrial buildings and factories, we were convinced that a CAT A office didn’t have to mean suspended ceilings. Instead, we set about creating a new economic and functional aesthetic to appeal to agents and occupiers alike, with regular column structures and exposed concrete soffits and finishes.
We’ve never stopped questioning what a good workspace should provide and what it should look like. What features will add to its desirability and help companies attract and retain staff? From rooftop terraces with great views, seating or running tracks to additional exterior and interior break out spaces, we’ve always wanted to stay a step ahead in both humanising traditionally ‘commercial’ space and developing an environmental and retrofit consciousness.
Post-pandemic, new approaches to workspace design are addressing issues such as well-being, and ratios of communal versus private space. Companies looking to attract staff back to the office need to offer a physical environment which supports collaboration and the rebuilding of internal culture. Materials and finished are starting to look more like home space than work space, with higher levels of comfort and control.
In addition, shedkm advocates embedding commercial buildings in mixed-use masterplans where they can contribute to the neighbourhood as a whole, provide day-time activity which support cafes, restaurants and other businesses, and create a healthy balance of live, work, play amenities for local areas.
Brent Cross Town in North London will be a new 180-acre mixed-use neighbourhood with over 221,000ft2 of net-zero carbon offices located next to the new Brent Cross West station and public square.
shedkm is delivering one of three commercial buildings in the masterplan, Number 3 Brent Cross Town. Our approach emphasises design for well-being. Office spaces have been designed with an expansive double height reception, a timber floor structure, and flexible open floorplates. Generous provision of external spaces includes balconies, terraces and a warehouse roof pavilion with views out to landscaped parks and beyond to Hampstead Heath.
At Digbeth, our project with HUB in Birmingham, a vibrant, mixed-use masterplan will provide essential studio spaces for many of the artists and makers in this creative area, with more than half of all ground floor units across the site allocated for affordable workspace.
We are also working on a commercial retrofit in Liverpool, where our Jamaica Street project will extend and transform an existing six storey warehouse into new office space, with rooftop terrace and cafe bar. The offices will both save and reinvigorate a significant building and heritage asset set within the Baltic Triangle – a thriving and rapidly developing area of Liverpool. Over 2800m2 of office space, will come in a variety of shape, size and character, determined by the buildings layout and original features. The beautiful existing brickwork facade will be retained, complemented by an additional three storey flat roof extension, clad in weathered metal with exposed steel frame, referencing the industrial heritage of the site.