AstraZeneca Macclesfield

AstraZeneca embarked on a transformative journey with Global Real Estate (WSI) to revitalise their Macclesfield campus, introducing innovative workspaces known as 'Mac Lounges.' Spearheaded by Steve Taylor, Director of Taylor and Martin Design, and executed in collaboration with Tsunami Axis, this project sought to redefine the way teams work and collaborate within the organisation.

The Need for Change

AstraZeneca faced a pressing issue within their existing office layout - a shortage of dedicated work areas. This scarcity hindered employee productivity and hampered collaborative efforts. Moreover, the company found itself with vast, underutilised café spaces that were often considered dead zones. To address these challenges, the organisation envisioned an overhaul of these underused areas, transforming them into functional and inspiring work environments that fostered innovation, connectivity, and collaboration.

Strategic Furniture Choices

Tsunami Axis demonstrated an unwavering commitment to precision when handpicking furniture for the project. Each selection was meticulously curated to align seamlessly with the overarching goals of adaptability, sustainability, and space optimisation. Notably, the Icons of Denmark Pop Flip Top Table proved to be a brilliant addition, boasting remarkable adaptability and space-saving features, all to help towards fostering a dynamic work environment and encouraging smooth collaboration among teams.

In perfect harmony with AstraZeneca's sustainability objectives, the Herman Miller Keyn Chair shone brightly with its 100% reusable content and prestigious BREEAM status, offering not only exceptional comfort but also an eco-conscious design philosophy. The La Palma Screens played a dual role, effectively aiding in space zoning while making an eco-friendly statement with their construction from 97% recyclable materials.

However, it was the ingenious choice of MARK Product's Studioscape booths that truly stole the show. These customisable booths allowed each floor to showcase its unique signature colour, adding a touch of individuality to the overall ambiance. Moreover, their construction from 100% recyclable materials and FSC wood exemplified AstraZeneca's dedication to sustainability.

Bringing the outdoors inside, Vitra’s innovative Dancing Walls introduced a refreshing and unexpected element to traditional work areas. By incorporating plants into the space, these walls not only promoted a green and vibrant atmosphere but also embraced nature's calming influence, adding further depth to the overall workspace experience.

Creating Work Lounges for Enhanced Collaboration

Steve Taylor highlighted the project's success, emphasising the client's desire to create better opportunities for employees to work away from their desks and encourage team collaboration. The introduction of 'Mac Lounges' provided a range of settings, available round-the-clock, enabling employees to choose workspaces that best suited their tasks and work preferences.

Through a carefully curated selection of furniture items and a steadfast commitment to eco-conscious design, AstraZeneca has successfully revitalised their Macclesfield campus, setting a remarkable example for organisations seeking to create innovative and sustainable work environments from existing spaces.

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Product Selection, Procurement, Delivery and Installation, Workspace Planning, Furniture Supplier, Planning & Design Support, Storage & Warehousing

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