One Strawberry Lane, a new office building in the emerging St. James’ Quarter of Newcastle Upon Tyne’s city centre comprises 70,000sqft of flexible Grade-A office space which spans over six storeys. The building is entirely let out to charities, with Home Group, a social housing charity, being one of the main tenants. Ward Robinson was appointed by Overbury as the executive designer to turn the interior concept design into a reality, and to develop the scheme with the clients to suit their business needs.
The completed space is vibrant and playful, race track flooring denotes circulation with colourful central tea points creating rounded hubs which encourage conversation and collaboration. The design champions flexibility and inclusivity, focusing on biophilic design and employee wellbeing. A dramatic six-storey green wall behind a feature stair connects the building vertically at its heart, allowing for ad hoc interactions and encouraging the use of the staircase to increase short bursts of physical activity throughout the working day. Varied work settings are designed throughout the building to enable employees to choose the space which best suits their needs. Height adjustable elements have been subtly designed within built joinery, and flexible zoning is provided through the use of curtain dividers.
The ground floor café is open to the public and all building tenants, providing comfortable and quality space for the community to come together, work and develop ideas. The creative and dynamic space has encouraged a significant upturn in those choosing to work in the office across all the organisations now based there.
Images by SG Photography