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A local identity
for a global brand

Octapharma Workspace : Manchester

How do you manage a design process with multiple international stakeholders? Global pharmaceutical firm Octapharma has offices around the world, including two floors of the Zenith building in central Manchester. Space Zero were delighted to lead on the interior design of this workspace, from concept to fit out, exploring the potential for expressive features, efficient re-use of furniture, and a creative new layout.

Co-ordinating a complex approval process with building control authorities, the building owner and multiple national and global stakeholders at Octapharma, our team created inspired designs that met with exacting standards for implementation – often under incredibly tight deadlines.
As the principal contractor and designer, we were able to value engineer, meaning that even as requirements changed, we could adapt costs while maintaining the integrity of the design. The Space Zero team demolished the existing interior and reformed it with additional spaces, including a Board room and two meeting rooms. We changed the layout to increase the functionality of the space by consolidating workspaces to the ground floor level. The team added a new kitchenette area and moved the meeting facilities to a dedicated area on the mezzanine level, alongside the refurbished café area. The consolidation of workspaces has allowed for better communication between teams, while the meeting facilities now provide a topology of meeting environments to cater for a variety of both client and internal use.

Octapharma’s global reputation for plasma donation management is now celebrated in a picture wall featuring donors and recipients, while a detailed legacy survey enabled us to reuse the client’s existing high quality furniture, saving time, reducing cost and limiting waste.