Accountancy and business advisory firm Foxley Kingham celebrated its 50th year in business last year. At the same time, the company had outgrown its central Luton premises and decided it was the right time to move to provide for future growth and embrace the next 50 years of business success. The company appointed multi-award-winning workspace specialists align to design their ideal new workplace for them. Design Insider is also thrilled to share that BCFA Member, Tektura, got involved with this superb interior project.
The company’s new premises needed to incorporate better facilities, offer room for expansion and provide increased car-parking spaces for staff. The perfect site was located in the form of purpose-built, self-contained offices on the Butterfield Industrial Estate on the outskirts of Luton. The standalone building, built in the early 2000s, offered a two-storey footprint with plenty of room for growth.
‘The new premises necessitated both Cat A and Cat B works’, align Director and Co-founder Nigel Tresise commented, ‘in order to function as the client required. The Cat A work we oversaw on the project included a complete overhaul of the building’s electrical systems, including underfloor power and data, as well as new lighting and mechanical ventilation, a new roof covering and a cleaned-up external façade.’
In addition to offering multi-industry accountancy services, Foxley Kingham had developed several specialist arms over the years. The company also offers business advice, with the company’s Managing Partner acting as a virtual FD for a number of external businesses. All these arms and functions of the company needed to be seamlessly housed within the new building when it came to the space plan, with plenty of discreet meeting areas also provided, as well as partner offices, providing the confidential environments end-user clients needed.
The brief was to balance the company’s discreet, understated, confidential and to some degree segmented way of working with a new contemporary, pared-back and elegant materiality. This manifested in exposed services and untreated concrete columns, as well as back-painted glass and slick and angular black aluminium frameworks. A calming overall colour palette was employed for the scheme, with a neutral base of blacks, whites and greys, together with putty and olive green highlights.
The furniture is a mix of new and vintage, with all new items supplied by Broadbase, including items by Hitch Mylius, Ocee, Vitra, Muuto, Orangebox and Naughtone. Flooring is a mix of timber-effect vinyl and dark grey carpeting, with more patterned feature carpets used for the meeting and board rooms, sourced variously from Interface, Shaw Carpets and Forbo. The lighting scheme is a mix of feature pendants and LED linear strips, which add to and accentuate the scheme’s clean lines. Wallcoverings follow a geometric theme for the most part, featuring the W1-W5 papers from Tektura, with some additional nature-inspired papers used in the meeting spaces, featuring birds, flowers and trees by Tektura Digital and Cole & Son, which help to bring the outside in. Planting is integrated throughout.
‘We are delighted with the result of this project and also with the way we were engaged throughout the process with the design team, who gave us great guidance at every stage as to what would work and how to get the best from the asset’, Paul Bithrey, Director of Foxley Kingham commented.
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