Having won the project following a competitive process, Area were tasked with delivering a 30-week refurbishment of the Colmore Row, Birmingham offices for Mills & Reeve, one of the UK’s top law firms. The objective for the scheme was to improve the client experience and create a better working environment for all the end users by way of ﬂexible spaces allowing people to get together to collaborate and socialise.
With six ﬂoors in constant operation and located in a prime area of Birmingham’s business district access was tight, timescales tighter and work had to be undertaken without disruption to the day-to-day running of a major law firm. The design concept reﬂects the Mills & Reeve brand but is tailored to the Birmingham location, embracing the history of the area and the architectural features of the building.
The project demanded a planned phasing of the refurbishment, moving and decanting Mills & Reeve teams from one ﬂoor to another across the four ‘working’ ﬂoors making use of the ground ﬂoor, basement and top ﬂoor.
The basement area was re-engineered to capitalise on the space, and now includes a café, changing facilities, showers, lockers and secure bicycle parking as well as break out areas to encourage an agile approach to working. The top ﬂoor has been designed so that the conservatory roof space is geared to entertaining and relaxing social event space for staﬀ and guests. Downstairs in the reception area are hotel class facilities for clients with top rated meeting spaces – all geared to maximise the end-user experience.
A Senior Designer at Area commented, “The Mills & Reeve project has been about improving the user experience, whether those using the workplace are clients, guests or staﬀ. The investment in the basement facilities reﬂects Mills & Reeves commitment to their own team and wellbeing – particularly through active travel to work. But the overall feel of the space across the six ﬂoors is one that’s welcoming and that complements the surrounding area and connects with the Birmingham community.”