Designing the office space for a global leader in private markets
Adams Street Partners is one of the most respected and experienced global private markets investment managers, with a head office in Chicago and teams in more than 30 countries around the world.
When it came to the design and build of their London office at One Great Cumberland Place – a spectacular location next to Marble Arch station and Hyde Park – Maris won the bid after an introduction by Carter Jonas property consultants.
A collaborative approach
We began working with Adams Street Partners by refining the brief and properly understanding their requirements as the company moved forwards. We began with an online staff survey as well as a series of management interviews, which enabled us to work out exactly which ingredients they needed to optimise their working environment in an agreed space plan.
Armed with that information, Senior Designer, Kasia Miroslaw, then set to work on look and feel concepts, engaging in interactive client workshops for a truly collaborative approach.
Core values and culture
We presented the team with three different looks for the space, ultimately selecting a classic grey, white and blue aesthetic that was in keeping with their brand. A traditional organisation with a clear way of working driven by their Chicago head office, the format of the space sought to reflect those core values whilst also adapting for their London location and local working culture.
Finding the right balance
We wanted to maximise the views of Hyde Park, not only from client meeting rooms but also for members of staff, reflecting the company’s need for private office cubicles alongside the more flexible requirements of modern working life.
Key features included:
- Maximising the natural light in the open plan spaces by placing private management offices down centre of the space.
- Developing a stylish breakout area and tea point with flexible features so it can be used for ad hoc meetings that don’t need acoustic or visual privacy, as well as downtime. This is very much a showpiece in the office, beautifully designed for clients, staff and events.
The challenges on the project stemmed predominantly from the unknown quantities that remained in place as the building itself was going through a refurbishment that had not yet been completed. Adams Street Partners’ space was the first to undergo its fit-out, so the Maris team undertook several site visits to communicate coherently with the main contractors and work alongside their progress and ensure the project ran smoothly from start to finish.
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