South Tyneside Council Workplace Strategy

Working with the local authority to consolidate space and create an inspirational workplace to support hybrid working patterns.

We were engaged by South Tyneside Council to support them in rationalising their existing office spaces and creating refreshed environment within the civic offices at South Shields Town Hall.

Like many organisations, the pandemic escalated South Tyneside’s future way of working strategies. When restrictions lifted the client continued to allow users to work more remotely, but without a longer term strategy about the future of their office spaces. Our work commenced with establishing the strategic brief followed by a vision for flexible and agile working to ensure all parts of the council were satisfied with the blend, ensuring effectiveness and collaboration but also being aware of the importance of teamwork, wellbeing, isolation and potential loneliness. A great deal of consultation was undertaken through engagement sessions with users across all teams.

Working closely with the project champions we commenced a review of the client data to undertake a density study to explore how the users could work in an activity based environment, then demonstrating the number of work settings and people the Town Hall could accommodate.

This underpinned the wider estate rationalisation strategy and led to energy, carbon and financial savings.

Based on the workplace strategy we developed the concept design, incorporating a new look and feel, new layouts for all teams with centralised hubs for collaboration, activity based work settings and a particular focus on the acoustic comfort of the workspace. This is more important than ever now that flexible workers often use their office based days to meet and collaborate with colleagues whilst others will join video calls. Private working booths, semi private settings and quieter areas with more acoustic absorption were important in the design of the scheme.

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