Back in the early days of SpaceInvader (2012), Atlantic Container Line (ACL) appointed SpaceInvader to assist them their office relocation from the Liverpool docks over to Duke St in the centre of the city …
ACL purchased 90 Duke Street to become their new Liverpool HQ for approx 170 staff. The new space had to allow for business growth between 2012 and late 2017. Through a series of client workshops exploring possible changes in working methods, SpaceInvader managed to reduce ACL's initial vision of taking two and a half floors, down to just a requirement of two floors (20,000 sqft).
Between 2015 & 2016, SpaceInvader worked closely with ACL on developing their vision for an open working environment. Through user group sessions and interviews with senior managers, a greater understanding of ACL's vision and requirements assisted SpaceInvader in designing a space which reflected the companies needs.
Up until this point staff at ACL had limited space away from their desk to work and meet. By introducing other types of work spaces for brainstorming, informal meetings and collaboration into their office environment, ACL were exposed to new ways of working which the modern open office demands.
Located at the heart of each floor is the staff kitchen, which has purposely been designed as an open sociable space to encourage staff interaction, chance encounters and informal meetings.
Rather than jumping into the literal usage of shipping containers within the space, instead the office contains 'design nods' to ACL's nautical connection, such as corrugated textures, raw materials, marine palettes and angular hull inspired joinery.
SpaceInvader collaborated with Cushman & Wakefield, Steven Hunt Associates and ADT on the project which completed in November 2016.
Our re-design at 55 Spring Gardens won the 'Commercial Fit Out Project of the Year' at the North West Business Insider Property Awards 2016.