The Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association needed one cohesive space on a single floor, in order to better house their teams and improve collaborative working. We began the process by undertaking a two-week long workplace study in order to better understand the day-to-day requirements this new workspace needed to fulfil, and to learn more about how to best support those living with MND and those who care for them.
Embarking on this project with the objective of embodying the MND Association’s values of openness and inclusivity, we built in wheelchair accessibility throughout as a fundamental part of the design. Creating an aesthetic connection between the two wings of the building, we joined the two halves with a storytelling area at the entrance to hold the heart of the space, and from which a variety of focus booths and collaborative workstations fan outwards.
Wellbeing is emphasised throughout in biophilic elements, acoustic considerations and soft furnishings, as well as the use of natural materials such as a timber framework structure in the entrance, which allows the team to refresh the space with changing displays of personal stories and news. This workplace evokes the engaged, welcoming feel integral to the charity sector, which we hope will help support the teams at the MND Association toward their core ambition of ‘a world free from MND.’