This was an office design project for Orcha for their new UK headquarters in Manchester.
Orcha is an American company that strives to make digital healthcare platforms safer and its suite of products delivers the infrastructure required. Their award-winning technology is used by national bodies, healthcare providers, and digital health innovators globally. Select Interiors, were commissioned to design and fit out the new Orcha offices.
Office design brief
The brief was to create a combination hybrid and agile activity-based workspace for their core team. The focus was to accommodate as many flexible working areas as possible within the footprint. We worked collaboratively with the Orcha senior team to develop their basic layout drawing to a working scheme using CAD, 3D, and Revit modelling.
We had the luxury of having plenty of space available, and were able to incorporate an expansion plan to accommodate extra staff who typically work from home, when they require workspace back in the office.
We were able to incorporate so much into the space including; a boardroom/formal meeting area for 18, which had the flexibility to open out and accommodate 24 for larger meetings and conferences. A small creative office for 6 with a circular table and scribble walls. A quiet calls space with 3 phone booths. An informal open plan meeting/planning space with soft seating. High table collaborative areas, desks for 32 staff. A bespoke bleacher seating presentation and staff development area for 48 people and a café/breakout area and an informal reception.
The design used a pastel palette, which incorporated a core 9 soft tone colours on the walls and in the fabrics used on the bespoke seating. The floor finishes reflected the ‘resimercial’ theme using large format acoustic warm concrete and oversized Wharfside Ash in the breakout/café. Carpet tiles from Tarkett in 3 colours blended into each other across the floorplate. Junction strips were formed into radii to soften the geometry. Finishing touches included natural waxed oak cladding, bespoke signage and plenty of planting.
Scope of works
The scope of works included full design drawings, submission to building control, mechanical, air conditioning, electrical, acoustic partitions, acoustic glass and aluminium screens, bespoke concertina opening doors, kitchens, joinery, data, lighting, desks, furniture, and storage.
The design, layout, and features of Ochre’s new office design represent a really successful collaboration between Ochre and ourselves. The design palette, scope of works and incorporation of flexible working areas into the office space were all well-executed, creating a modern and functional workspace.