New office inspires new culture for Hay & Kilner

Overbury worked with leading North East law firm Hay & Kilner to deliver their new 15,000 sq ft office space at The Lumen, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Project partners

  • Hay & Kilner
  • Knight Frank
Overbury went the extra mile with the design – you almost took it to Stage 3. It meant that we could visualise the space better, and it also showed you were keen to work with us. We liked that.

Jonathan Waters and Fran Rutherford, Hay & Kilner

Key features

  • Design and build
  • Technology
  • Focus on furniture
  • Open plan office space

Project description

The move to one of Newcastle's newest and most exciting developments represented an opportunity to adopt new ways of working to support Hay & Kilner’s changing culture. The firm were keen to attract and retain the best new talent in the region, whilst at the same time raising their profile both regionally and nationally. Despite the move to a more flexible way of working, the client opted to provide a desk ratio of 1:1, meaning every employee has their own desk but with a range of other agile work settings to provide the right environment for the task at hand.

The scope of works on Hay & Kilner's project included the creation of open plan offices, break out areas and meeting rooms, with low level power installed for desking and mechanical works including plumbing, ducting and AC works. Floor finishes were installed throughout the floorplate and new furniture was also provided.

Key to the success of the project was the careful management of logistics, deliveries and noisy works. The building is occupied and is located within the thriving Helix Community, adjacent to other commercial premises along with leisure and residential facilities. Parking is limited and deliveries needed to be scheduled to ensure the safety and security of other building users.

Our team invested time in building good relationships with the building management team and other building occupiers to ensure that any noisy or disruptive works were delivered within agreed timescales, were communicated in advance, and caused the least possible disruption.

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