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St Paul's, London

Global Investment Bank

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The Brief

After initially being approached by our client, a leading financial services institution, we were excited to get going and begin the fit out process for their new London office based in the city. The brief was very specific, with two distinct sides to the business (both Investment Banking and Security), both departments’ working areas must remain separate and secure, sharing nothing but break out facilities and client meeting rooms. With IT infrastructure being critical to the running of the business, we were to work alongside a global IT consultancy team, connecting with both the US and UK IT teams, to formulate a working solution. Our client’s request was for the overall aesthetic of the office to be “elegant, not opulent”.

01 The Brief

02 The Solution

The Solution

Working alongside our client’s project management team, we formulated a layout that worked for the whole of the business, with both departments requiring a set number of desks and individual offices, tied in with specific IT requirements. We created a stylish client facing area, complete with MF ceilings and recessed feature lighting, a dedicated drinks serving area and an executive boardroom with a feature panelled wall.

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In the open plan areas, we opted for productivity boosting sit/stand desking, complete with dual cable trays to house the sensitive IT equipment and UPS fed power circuits to ensure the Securities team would not be impacted should there ever be a power failure to the working floor. To help encourage the popular “clean desk working approach”, lockers were introduced instead of standard pedestals. Live plants are housed in the open plan areas to improve the overall aesthetic, but also to boost staff wellbeing.



The client facing meeting rooms had to be of the highest quality. We went with bespoke handmade tables and suited credenzas to bring a sophisticated feel to the rooms. Suede wrapped acoustic panelling not only assists with reducing reverberation, but again provides that elegant feel our client was looking for. With the rest of the floor served by chilled beams which tend to take longer to react to frequent changes in occupancy, a VRF air conditioning system was introduced to the whole of the client facing area to assist with comfortable temperature control. A full AV solution was installed to include a meeting room booking system, video conferencing, ceiling mounted speakers and microphones.

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The lift lobby was fitted with lounge furniture, with our client’s logo mounted in a brushed bronze finish. The partitions were double glazed, complete with Sonik doors to aid sound attenuation, a MF ceiling was installed to create a conventional office feel, while the loose lay LVT flooring provides access to underfloor ventilation and IT infrastructure for future maintenance.



Both Investment Banking and Securities now benefit from their own internal collaboration space, complete with rustic tables and colourful plastic shell chairs with stylish Eiffel Tower bases. The collaboration areas have full AV solution for video conferencing and presentations.

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The chilled beams in the building posed a challenge due to the amount of pipe work we had to navigate with the partitioning, which contributed to forming the cellular layout. We needed to reach a balance between the practicalities of proficient sufficient airflow for the chilled beams to operate, whilst coming up with an aesthetic pleasing design. Our solution was to build a ceiling margin around the top of the partitions, with the existing mesh grill forming a central feature within each office. This then enabled us to fit insulation above the margins between the rooms, missing the pipe work and allowing easy access for future maintenance.



The lockers were finished with random sized numbering to create a striking visual impact.

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Project Features

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Glass partitions

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Solid partitions

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'Sonik' Acoustic doors

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Fabric wall

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Slatted feature wall

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MF ceiling

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Electrical installation

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Lighting installation

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Panduit shielded data cabling

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Milliken carpet tiles

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Luxury vinyl tiles

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Break out area

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Client refreshment area

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Furniture supply

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Storage wall

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VRF air-conditioning installation

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Chilled beam adaptations

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