National fit-out and office refurbishment specialist firm Overbury has completed work on a new office for an award-winning UK retail bank.
Overbury transformed the 8,000 sq ft, two-storey York House in Shirley, Solihull for clients Secure Trust Bank, into a flexible and collaborative workspace that is “designed to promote agile working and employee wellbeing”.
Michele Clifton, account manager for office design at Overbury’s Birmingham-based team, said: “We are hugely excited to have delivered such an important project on behalf of an employer that is clearly committed to providing its people with a great place to work.
“Agile working is becoming more popular and is an increasingly attractive model for employees. This fit-out represents a considerable investment by Secure Trust Bank in creating a series of impressive spaces that have employee wellbeing at their core and will allow people to choose the way they work. The design balances aesthetics and functionality with a seamless combination of focused and collaborative working areas that will ultimately lead to better productivity and support the bank in its continued success for years to come.”
The London Stock Exchange-listed Secure Trust Bank currently employs nearly a thousand people across its eight locations throughout the country and was also ranked as one of the Best Large Workplaces for Women.
Secure Trust acquired Yorke House in March last year; located adjacent to the bank’s headquarters, the new office has been designed specially to support the bank’s expansion plans.
Roy Aston, chief technology officer at Secure Trust Bank, said: “We recognised there was a need to move away from the traditional office model where every employee was allocated their own desk, and we were wasting valuable resources on unused or over-sized meeting rooms. Instead, we’ve allocated areas to teams, recognising that as we continue to work more flexibly, it’s rare for every team member to be on-site at the same time, meaning that we don’t actually need a desk for every employee.
“Overbury developed a good understanding of our culture and the approach we wanted to take in changing the way we work. The team was able to advise us on the best way of achieving our goals and the result is a spacious, open-plan environment with a combination of fixed workstations, a choice of agile workstations, collaborative space and small rooms for private meetings.
“When we set out our requirements we realised that this was quite a break in tradition and that we needed to challenge ourselves as an organisation and as individuals with set ways of working. Overbury’s experience helped us in this regard and whilst it’s still early days, we are already benefiting from the approach.”
Featured Image (l-r): Peter Kempster, Hannah Holmes, Nicola James, Lizzy Sleeman (all Overbury), Roy Aston, Wendy Bennett (both Secure Trust Bank), Michele Clifton and Phil Wilson (both Overbury).