What you need to build an inspirational workspace

What you need to build an inspirational workspace

Bamboo, glass....and voile used to create new base for B. Braun Medical, including 100-seat auditorium

What would be on your shopping list when building a new office space? Perhaps private meeting rooms, better lighting... or a bar?

The days of the sterile 'box' into which were fitted neat rows of oblong veneered plywood tables (..."you're allowed one photo frame, and no eating at the desk!...") are long gone. Now the idea that you need to give your staff  more room to enjoy themselves as well as work is being adopted all around the country.

in Yorkshire, recent winners of the British Council for Offices awards for most striking places to work include KPMG, Concordia Works and the Sky Digital Centre of Excellence - all based in Leeds. KPMG on Sovereign Street has made a stunning feature of an illuminated perforated-metal wall paying homage to the county.

But it doesn't always have to be on that scale. Careful planning can also make quiet a difference - to staff satisfaction as well as workrate.

For instance, thirty five skips later, leading healthcare firm B. Braun Medical Ltd has unveiled its vision of its ideal workspace in Sheffield.

 A Business Centre, meeting zones, a full-service cafe and a fully functional auditorium for 100 people are among the highlights of the space at the firm’s head office and distribution centre at Thorncliffe Park.

 The new-look workspace – which features natural materials including bamboo, voiles and glass, distinctive lighting and contemporary yet functional seating – was designed and created by Insyte in conjunction with sister company Corporate Workspace.

 Insyte director Paul Welch said: “It's been an amazing experience - it’s always good to work with clients who are open to fresh innovative ideas and then prepared to take the risk and see them through to completion.”

 B. Braun Group Chief Executive Hans Hux said: “The dynamic expansion of our business alongside digitalisation and modern working practice made it necessary to upgrade and optimise our office facilities.  Our products and services portfolio has seen our growth continue – but we were outgrowing our old headquarters.

 “We’re very proud of our new ultra-modern collaborative workspace, more efficient use of warehouse and distribution space, our state of the art business centre and auditorium plus catering facilities.

 “The team at Insyte have helped us develop our Thorncliffe Park site into a holistic workspace that helps staff to feel creative, inspired and comfortable in their surroundings.

 “We’ve made it our mission to strengthen the city business region as one of the premier locations in the country for healthcare technology and patient care.  We have stayed true to our Sheffield roots and this major upgrade and refurbishment project is further evidence of our commitment to our business, to our employees and to Sheffield as our UK headquarters location.”

 The shopping list of items to complete the new space comprises:


35 skips
83 skilled trades people
2640 m2 carpet
2510 m2 ceiling tiles
41.46 km data cable
23.8 km multi core power cable
1470 litres of paint
745 faceplates for sockets and switches
1,124 plasterboards
1,72 km of galvanised studs and track with 8360 screws
631 m2 wall insulation
164 kg joint filler
850 m2 glass
71 doors and 11 sliding doors
324 m2 of ceramic tiling
21 toilets / urinals
3 new kitchens
192 sheets of MDF
486 light fittings and ....
1,080 light bulbs