154 Aldersgate Street,
London, EC1

The Project

Due to an upcoming lease expiry AAT had to relocate all their staff from 2 highly cellularised buildings across 8 floors. The objective was to create a more open and friendly working environment that enabled better staff communications as well as reflecting a modern AAT brand.

Client Objectives

AAT’s main objective was to create a new working environment that reflected AAT brand values and reinforced the organisation’s status and reputation in the accountancy profession. At the same time AAT required a cost effective and flexible infrastructure for the future that allowed for changes in operational and financial management.

To accurately establish AAT’s use of their existing facilities the following workplace studies were undertaken:

  • Space analysis
  • Staff interviews
  • Occupancy study

As the project was “designed by committee” every one of the Client’s 152 staff members were consulted during the process.

The outcome of the consultation process resulted in the acquisition of 15,000 sq ft on 2 floors of a single building. The following benefits were established as a result of the design:

  • No barriers to team communications enabled through a completely open plan work environment
  • Feeling of space and visibility of staff through the use of only low level storage units between teams
  • Creation of openness and transparency through the use of glass partitions to meeting rooms and limited cellular spaces
  • Powerful AAT branding for staff and visitors through visibility of brand messages along corridors and meeting rooms
  • Modern feel of the office space through the use of the latest styles in furniture and vibrant colours: improved morale and retention through staff consultation process as well as installation of “funky staff wall” and central meeting Hub.
  • Increased AAT membership levels (up by 16,000) as a result of improved AAT brand perception and central “Staff and members Hub” right within the space.
  • The project was awarded the “Best Change Management Project 2008” by the Management Consultancies Association