I thought I’d use this month’s blog to introduce you to our new office – not a typical blog topic from me I’ll admit – but important none the less!
Why so? Well, office environments make a big difference to way people work and help shape the culture of an organisation. We also think that since you do so much work for us that we should be open about the way we work too.
For those of you who’ve been with us for a while you’ll know that we started out in the top floor of The Old Rectory in Beaconsfield. It was a small space in a very old building –we chose it because it had a bit of character and would help everyone think differently.
We didn’t have a building management company –so we all had to muck in to make things work. One of my jobs was changing the light bulbs – due to long arms and modicum of DIY skill!
Just about the only downside was that, being made up of 5 separate rooms, informal communication wasn’t as natural as it should be.
For our new office there were some key things we wanted…
- A more communal workspace.
- One central kitchen/drinks prep area.
- An out-door area that was easy to get to.
- To feel informal/fun.
- Closer to London & and on a tube line.
- No more expensive (per sq m) that our old office.
- Space to grow.
So here we are – 1st floor, Hertz House in Uxbridge.
Here’s our new work space .. that’s my desk in the foreground with this blog on the laptop screen…
And our Kitchen…
The out-door terrace (including astro-turf)…
And our spinning top chairs – demonstrated by Gregg.
And here’s our space to grow into – 1st stop is our own, in-house dev team from Q1 next year.
We also got the right price for the lease and worked really hard to keep the fit out costs to a minimum – here are some of things we did to keep the cost down…
- Bought 2nd hand desks
- Re-used lots of things from the old office.
- Re-used the existing layout of meeting rooms and the existing carpets.
- Kept the colour scheme simple (white!)
- Bought furniture from “non-corporate” suppliers including Ikea.
We sold most of the old furniture to the next residents of the old office – what was left over we auctioned off on eBay or to staff and raised over £700 for charity.
You’ll also notice that we are indeed having some fun in the new office with a bit of a Halloween vibe going on today...
The other thing you may notice is that quite a few of the walls are blank – we deliberately did this so giffgaff staff could personalise the space. We’ve also left a wall for you – if you’re feeling artistic head over to this thread in the community to find out how to take part.
We really like our new office – hope you do too – please let me know what you think.
(aka the gaffer)
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