Royal College of Psychiatrists
In response to the global COVID-19 outbreak, the College joined countless organisations around the world in adopting a hybrid working culture. This sudden shift in its behaviour highlighted a need to embrace new methodologies that could facilitate increased home working.
Consequently, Axis House was engaged to redesign The College’s Head Office on London’s Prescot Street to create a sustainable hybrid working environment that enabled the College to achieve its strategic priorities.
These priorities included:
- Supporting College staff and members through COVID-19 and beyond
- Improving recruitment and employee retention
- Delivering an excellent membership experience
- Increasing workforce wellbeing
- Adopting new working methodologies
- Creating a sustainable hybrid working culture
In total, 30,000 sq ft of workspace, set over four floors, was completely reimagined over a four-month period, resulting in a modern and agile workspace that answers all the challenges of contemporary hybrid working.
Led by The Royal College’s strategic priorities and the opportunities afforded by the building’s architecture, the final concept improves how people flow through the space, engage with its respective areas, and interact with one another.
Gender neutral washrooms were added and the entrance space improved to be more inclusive, with clear signage, audio loops, and braille.
A recharge room was introduced, along with accessible tea and coffee points, to mirror the positive aspects of the home working experience.
Finally, colour was applied sensitively throughout the space, to promote a welcoming and inclusive environment that celebrates individuality.
“Axis House really listened and understood what was important to us… The final design was born out of a detailed consultation and came together very well, following a clear design language… We were delighted with how closely the team worked with us and our long standing members, throughout the process”
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