The design concept has an industrial aesthetic including; exposed ceilings, Crittal style glazed partitions and doors, suspended lighting, and bespoke acoustic panelling and ceiling rafts. As with many projects we have been working on over the last few years, we reused and repurposed many items of existing furniture, storagewall and acoustic products.
The key is carefully curating the blend between old and new to form a new cohesive scheme. The brief was not to make the interior feel too “matchy” where all the finishes, colours and materials seem to look the same, we spent lots of time making sure a fairly extensive palette of finishes worked together harmoniously.
One aspect of the original Bedford Row location we all felt should be retained, was being personally greeted by one of the clerk’s team at the front door. Consequently we didn’t include a reception desk in the greeting area, but instead used the space to create a really welcoming library lounge with a well equipped kitchenette area where visitors can help themselves to refreshments, along side an open plan collaborative area where barristers can work more informally for short periods of time.
The clerks and admin teams are located close by in the heart of the office space creating an admin hub, easily accessible from dedicated and hot barrister areas. The premises offers flexible solutions for different ways of working, with a range of options including fixed desks, hot-desking and an adaptable meeting suite. We have also integrated state-of-the-art technology to cater to the post-pandemic surge in online hearings via bookable ‘Zoom Room’ conferencing suites.