Wylde Interior Architecture redesigned an existing space for client Alliance Pharma in Chippenham. Alliance Pharma occupy Avon Bridge House – a Grade 2 listed building in the heart of Chippenham. Wylde IA were approached by Alliance Pharma to revamp the atrium and provide a smart professional and welcoming area. Our project involved making the reception area more professional, welcoming and setting out the Alliance brand using images and icons from their marketing material new finishes and flooring that would tie into the new ground floor wing.
Whilst working in close consultation with the client it became apparent as the concept developed, that circulation around the building was restricted which resulted in a fragmented workforce. To remedy this a new café and breakout space was introduced providing a link between the reception and office space. In creating the new cafe area, we have provided informal places to meet as well as somewhere to eat lunch. As a result of the success of this area, we are now removing closed meeting rooms on the first floor. We have exposed the old structural ceilings and columns, the new staircase made of powder coated steel and glass has reference to the buildings historical heritage.
We redesigned the area, positioning a new central staircase made from powder coated steel and glass which visually and practically links both floors. We did this by utilising existing ‘holes’ within the structure originally used for vats when the building was previously used to produce Nestle powdered milk products. In doing so we have exposed the original structural ceilings and columns referencing the building’s original industrial architecture and heritage.” Future plans include improving functionality and use of remaining suites, improving DDA into the reception area, removing the first-floor suspended ceilings and making better use of this new-found space and generally uncovering more of the building’s original features.
Nigel Richings, Facilities Manager, Alliance Pharma –
“This new design has revolutionised our staff communication and engagement – previously, teams were split up into four separate areas. Staff had to cross a central stairwell and pass through security controlled doors to reach other sections. Moving all staff to one side of the building and creating a café and breakout area has dramatically improved flow, interaction and productivity. The addition of art, creative lighting, air conditioning and soft furnishings has completely changed the feel of the space, creating an atmosphere of creativity.”