ADT Workplace has completed work on a contemporary new workplace in Leeds city centre for interactive investor, the UK’s leading flat-fee investment platform. The 16,350 sq.ft space is located at One The Embankment, Leeds, and will provide a dynamic and inspiring environment for the fast growing, modern business.

Interactive investor selected ADT Workplace to undertake the office design and refurbishment (CAT B & C) at its new Leeds base following its successful completion of the company’s Manchester HQ back in 2019. With tried and tested supply chains, including designers, manufacturers and specialist installers, interactive investor, had the confidence and trust in ADT Workplace that the project design and delivery would be a success, as well as value for money.

The vision

The company, which offers award-winning services for DIY investors, was looking for a space which was not only in keeping with its other UK locations but also had its own unique identity and would be an evolution of its existing offices. Collaboration areas, private and semi-private meeting rooms and agile workspaces were all essential, in order to provide the team with a workplace environment which inspires productivity and encourages people to work in the best way for the task at hand.

The transformation

Working closely with the client and their professional team as well as all project partners, including lead designer Tammy Edwards, SEJC Consulting Engineers and Shawton Engineering, ADT Workplace adopted a true partnership approach to ensure the project’s successful delivery.

With long and narrow, L-shaped floor plates, the design team needed to ensure the space didn’t feel crowded. A unique ‘Room’ concept was created by the project’s designer, Tammy Edwards, with each Room centred around its own distinctive focal point, such as a collaboration area or agile space. This created the feeling of space and provides something fresh and different to explore as people move through the office. To ensure effective link up with its other offices, a new technology platform was also implemented providing agile working and connectivity across all sites.

The walkways and ceiling details have been cleverly designed to create a natural roadmap, guiding users through the space, across various levels, without the need for signage. With a boutique and intimate feel, natural, soft finishes have been incorporated throughout. Biophilic design elements and wood detailing, green walls and oak handrails, work in beautiful harmony with the modern glass bannisters around a steel staircase. Additional steel works were required to install the staircase between floors, which was expertly created to be in keeping with the new design and installed with minimum disruption.

Commenting on the project, Richard Wilson, Chief Executive, interactive investor, said: “We have been delighted to collaborate with ADT Workplace on our new Leeds office. They have created a dynamic and flexible space that we hope will provide an enjoyable and inspiring environment for our staff.”

David Clemetson, co-founder of ADT Workplace said: “It was fantastic to have the opportunity to work with the interactive investor team again. Having worked with the team on the successful transformation of its Manchester HQ, we already had a strong understanding of the company’s workplace requirements and company culture, meaning we were ideally placed to help deliver its unique vision for Leeds.

“We’re confident that the new office will be transformative for the business, in terms of improving employee engagement and productivity, as well as supporting wellbeing and culture. With plans for rapid growth, the new space will also help interactive investor attract and retain the very best talent in an increasingly competitive tech market.”

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