Myrtle Farm, in Somerset, has been home to Thatchers Cider Company for over 100 years. In that time the company has grown and evolved, with Thatchers staff in separate buildings across the site.
Wylde were appointed by Thatchers to design the inside space of the new HQ, perched two floors up in a brand-new distribution centre. This new building created an opportunity to bring all the departments together in one office space.
The brief was simply to accommodate seventy desks for a staff-only environment, with a more flexible space to cater periodically for an eighty strong sales team, meeting rooms, and a large conference room and ante area for one hundred staff.
Unlike most projects we work on, the building only existed on paper at the start of the concept design process. Initially Wylde were appointed to come up with a vision of how to use the space, and as part of this conceptual stage the Thatchers’ team chose the most ambitious and daring idea to develop. The concept was a series of three-dimensional boxes rising through the tallest part of the building, which would house various open and closed meeting spaces, whilst linking the three floors together.