BAND Architects delivers fit out programme For Peaks & Plains Housing Trust

BAND Architects transform office for housing trust

The head office of Macclesfield-based Peaks & Plains Housing Trust has undergone a radical £773,000 fit-out programme by local firm BAND Architects.

The 1,000 sq m (10,763 sq ft) space at the town’s Ropewalks office building has been completely transformed to reflect the changing business needs of the Trust as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

The Trust, which took ownership the building on Bond Street in the centre of the town in 2016, has funded the fit-out programme by re-designing the areas it previously occupied, releasing more than 800 sq m of available office space which has now been let to other occupiers.

The space occupied by The Trust’s 120 employees had previously been spread over 3 floors at Ropewalks. The entire operation has now been consolidated on just one floor in a bright, vibrant layout which connects all employees and brings domestic and urban design ideas into the workplace.

The office fit out is now complete and phase 2 of the project is underway to create an inviting 200 sq m (2,152 sq ft) space where customers and members of the public can meet for support, information and social events in a supportive and private environment. This phase is due to complete before the end of October.

David Wilcock, practice director at BAND Architects, said: “Our concept taps into the growing trend of bringing domestic, urban design ideas into the workplace and creating open working environments. Enclosed spaces have been used to define routes and form smaller, domestic scaled zones for staff to collaborate within the large linear floorplate. Subtle, natural and calming materials were utilised within the core working areas, and more vibrantly considered ‘pods’ are cleverly distributed throughout the space to create a variety of destinations for private work and team meetings.”

Tim Pinder, chief executive of Peaks & Plains Housing Trust, said: “The design delivered by BAND Architects reflects Peaks & Plain’s identity and the whole team is absolutely delighted with it. We believe that living and working in a well-designed space improves people’s quality of life and productivity.”

Specialist commercial fit out contractor, Brown and Bancroft Interiors were appointed to deliver the scheme and Kinnarps supplied and installed the furniture.