Watson Batty Architects were appointed early 2018 as the Interior Design Consultants for the internal fit out of a new rural building on the Broughton Hall Estate. Creating 20,000 sq.ft of office space, the newbuild, horseshoe shaped, two storey building with timber shingles and zinc roof is set in the grounds of a farm on the estate.
In a move to consolidate their head office within Skipton, JBA Consulting, currently located on the Broughton Hall Estate Business park, will relocate to the building alongside JBA Risk Management.
With the current trends in workplace for agile working, hot desking and a strive for a healthy workplace, the design was approached in a manor that would work best for each side of the company. Due to the nature of the work, Consulting follow a more traditional way of working in terms of desking stations whilst Risk adopted a hot desking system.
Centrally in the building next to the main entrance there is a hub of agile working with a mixture of furniture types, allowing staff to work in the most productive manner for them. This agile hub is located next to a breakout zone and meeting rooms to facilitate collaboration and mixing between the two elements of the company.
The rural location of the building set out a stall for the interior design approach with the client requiring a sleek modern office for their clients to visit alongside retaining the feel of the location in the countryside. Muted tones with occasional bold colours integrated on furniture and bespoke joinery screens against statement flooring, such as Bolon Shapes, create a contrast to the lacquered ply finish on all walls. The project was completed late March 2019.