Consult and design
Takeda, the largest research-based pharmaceutical company in Japan and one of the fastest growing companies in the UK, appointed us to design and build their new workplace. Before implementing the project, we undertook a workplace consultancy process to test and consolidate the brief. Under our guidance, Takeda established a ‘Torch’ team in addition to the Senior Project Leadership Team. The ‘Torch Team’ functioned as cross-departmental representatives for the project. We worked closely with the team by way of a series of workshops and design sessions.
Manage and build
In addition, key stakeholder interviews were carried out and onsite data capture provided real information about how Takeda worked in practice. This enabled us to capture their requirements and create a clear vision for their new office space. The brief was to design a modern, contemporary and fresh space. Takeda made a large cultural shift with the entire staff group working in an agile way. By desk sharing, facilitated by a full electronic Condecco desk booking system, they were able to accommodate 430 staff on 300 desks. This had significant real estate cost advantages, as well as the benefits of empowering people to take responsibility for their own work style.
One of the most challenging elements of the project was that the company remained in operation throughout the refurbishment process. However, with years of experience, our team devised an in-situ schedule to minimise disruption.
The new space
With sleek finishes, a neutral colour palette and a modern design, Takeda are delighted with their new and improved workspace. The open plan office design comprises of: a large hub space, breakout areas and 28 high specification teleconference, telepresence and meeting rooms to inspire collaboration and improve communication and a reduced number of cellular offices from 80 to 20, making the organisation less hierarchical.