IT Lab’s new “tech-cool” workplace

Coulter Office Interiors delivered a “tech-cool” office environment for client IT Lab, which is reflective of the company’s cutting edge brand.

Technology company, IT Lab, appointed Coulter following a glowing recommendation from the landlord of their new Lowry Mill premises, who had contracted the fit-out company to undertake previous work in the building.

The £70,000 design and fit-out transformed an entire 10,200 sq ft floor of the former Victorian Spinning Mill in Swinton into a highly-productive, contemporary environment suited to the modern work patterns of the company. A key part of the design was ensuring staff could easily adapt to the new environment, having previously been housed over two floors in a cellular office configuration.

Two acoustic meeting pods act as “quiet zones” to hold informal meetings between colleagues
Two acoustic meeting pods act as “quiet zones” to hold informal meetings between colleagues

Over 100 modern desks were installed throughout the open plan office, with concentrated areas of greenery in the form of storage cupboards with integrated planters used to divide up the room into smaller work areas. In addition, the office features a reception area, multiple meeting rooms, two breakout spaces and a Security Operations Centre (SOC). Coulter also provided two acoustic meeting pods, which act as “quiet zones” to hold informal meetings between colleagues.

The furniture and equipment was selected to cater for the high-tech nature of IT Lab’s needs, with each desk kitted out with inset power and data sockets. Specially equipped recessed display monitors were also installed in the boardroom, enabling the company to host live video calls with its London office.

Coulter recommended a muted colour scheme throughout, consisting mainly of white and greys, to complement the sharp orange of IT Labs corporate branding. Concrete-effect tabletops and reception desks were chosen to pay homage to the building’s industrial heritage, with sleek, minimalist furniture incorporated to contrast with its rugged redbrick walls.

Commenting on the new office, IT Lab’s Director of Business Service, Lauren Steele, said:

“The Coulter team understood us on every level; they really grasped what we were hoping to achieve and made our lives easier from day one.

“The relocation was a massive cultural change for the business as we moved away from individual offices to an open plan model, and many of our staff had concerns about noise and lack of space. These worries were completely alleviated when they moved in and everyone has really taken to their new surroundings.

“Coulter has provided superb service in every aspect of our working relationship, so much so that we appointed them to redesign our London office too. I would highly recommend them to any business looking to transform their office space.”

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