London office revitalisation for 2030 goal

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) commissioned a renewal programme to implement new ways of working to help achieve their 2030 goal of operating as a professional and lean organisation.

Project partners

  • Avison Young
  • Bond Bryan

Project description

The GPhC have relocated to a 21,000 sq ft office space in Canary Wharf that comprises of a variety of spaces including desk neighbourhoods that encourage open collaboration, multifaith, wellbeing rooms and meeting suites. We were keen to keep to a tight programme schedule to allow early occupation and reduce temporary office space costs for the client.

Value-driven furniture transformation

To guarantee best value, we undertook a value engineering exercise, sourcing alternative joinery and furniture solutions, without compromising design. We arranged furniture showroom visits for the client team, so that they could get a feel for the furniture before they made their final decision. The GPhC elected for free-standing focus pods and other furniture solutions in the desk neighbourhoods and collaboration areas as a result.

Social value guarantee

The GPhC project was procured under the Procure Partnerships Framework and required a minimum of 12% of the contract value in ‘Social Value Add’ in the local community. We delivered an outstanding 200% of project value. The result is a testament to our commitment to using a local supply chain - this project was delivered by a team within 30 miles of the site. Charity initiatives such as litter picking, food bank donations, a work placement through the Leonard Cheshire partnership, three site visits from The Construction Youth Trust and the Mental Health World Cup were also contributors. There were work experience opportunities facilitated by our M&E contractor RMS. We also reused elements from the previous office space such as ceiling tiles, lights, and cooling fans to reduce environmental impact.

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