New lease of energy into office environment

ACREATIVE combination of colourways from Forbo Flooring Systems’ Tessera Layout and Outline carpet tile ranges have been installed throughout the newly refurbished ENGIE offices in Rotherham, reportedly turning the two-storey space into a bright and re-energised workplace.

Energy, services and regeneration specialist, ENGIE, enlisted the help of Julie Poulter Interior Design (JPID) to transform its offices into a contemporary and collaborative working environment, which needed to reflect the company’s brand and colour palette, while adhering to its brand values.

The creativity of the ENGIE flooring scheme has led to the project being awarded Commended in the Fly Forbo 2018/2019 competition.

Julie Poulter of JPID said: ‘The brief was to create a design that incorporated an open-plan working environment, while promoting employee wellbeing. Owing to the nature of ENGIE’s business, which involves providing sustainable energy, it was important for them that the new office design was environmentally sound.

‘For this reason, I knew Forbo was the ideal manufacturer to liaise with, as they’re committed to creating better environments via the 4 Rs (reduce, reuse, renew and recycle) and their products use recycled content in the manufacturing process.

‘In terms of colour, the design needed to replicate the brand’s colour palette. The ENGIE logo is blue with a multicoloured flux that sits underneath, which comprises a spectrum of blues, greens, yellows, pinks and reds.

‘Therefore, I decided to incorporate an array of the brighter colours in the furniture but for the flooring, I chose to use Forbo’s versatile Tessera Layout and Outline in the carpet tile and plank formats, using mainly greys with pops of blue throughout the whole building.’

In the reception area, Forbo’s Coral Welcome in Blue Lagoon was used in the entrance for its contemporary black and blue linear design and rich, deep pile which offers the aesthetics of a luxury carpet. The entrance matting flows effortlessly with the Tessera Layout carpet tiles in Ice Pop, Calcium and Alloy that were installed in the reception area in a triangular abstract pattern and acted as the ‘perfect backdrop’ for the bespoke designed oxygen-producing desk in the centre of the space.

‘Renowned for its aesthetic styling and outstanding performance, the dynamic colour palette of the Layout carpet tiles is ideal for even the most demanding of traffic environments – not least busy reception areas,’ says the company.

‘Furthermore, a mixture of the Tessera Layout and Outline Planks in plain and striped colourways were chosen for all of the open plan office spaces and meeting rooms, which spanned across the ground and first floor. Installed in a chevron pattern for a contemporary and inspiring effect to encourage employee productivity, the versatile 100x25cm planks create even more possibilities for stunning floor designs and contain 63% recycled content by weight.’

Julie continued: ‘Having worked with Forbo for more than 10 years, I’ve used a wide array of its products for many projects before, therefore I was familiar with the quality, properties and design freedom that the ranges offer. With my work, I like to create bespoke designs to meet my client’s needs and Forbo’s portfolio can help to meet every possible design brief. In this instance, the use of the Tessera Layout and Outline ranges has enabled me to significantly enhance the regeneration of the ENGIE office.’

Debra Kellett, office manager at ENGIE, concluded: ‘The design of the workspace has injected a new lease of life into the ENGIE offices, thanks to Julie’s creativity. She listened to our needs and successfully designed solutions that incorporate our branding.

‘We were conscious of improving the flow around the building therefore the abstract installation of the carpet tiles that Julie suggested plays a significant role in acting as a way-finder so clients and visitors are able to navigate round to different parts of the building easily.

‘In the open-plan office spaces and meeting rooms, the chevron design of the Tessera planks has helped define these spaces. Overall, the new design has enabled us to present a revamped office to our staff and clients knowing that we have been proactive and conscious of impact to their wellbeing and environmental effects.’
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