Size (sqft):
Design & fit-out
8 Weeks
Poole, Dorset


Wärtsilä Water Systems required a reliable partner to complete CAT A + B fit-out for their move to larger premises at the iconic Merchants House in Poole, Dorset.

The relocation and fit-out works were the first of their kind for the in-house team at Wartsila, so the consultation and design stages were particularly important to the success of the project.

Clear, jargon-free communication and close collaboration were essential, both to ensure the final office design would meet short and long-term requirements but also to provide the in-house team with complete transparency and control.


Our Office Design Consultants began by gaining a thorough understanding of the company’s values and culture, the issues currently facing the business and the drivers of this workplace change.

Specialising in advanced waste water management technology, this global company needed their new premises to provide a mix of collaborative spaces, meeting, and quiet focus areas away from the main open-plan office space.

They also required a full AV package and visual management system to help stay connected with colleagues and partners worldwide.

Existing and future staffing numbers, structure, and departmental adjacencies were explored, and proposals drawn up to show how this new space could be used to achieve their current aims while offering flex for the future.

To help the client visualise the finished fit-out, 2d plans were enhanced with detailed mood boards and 3d renders to provide the confidence to move forward to implementation. Following extensive collaboration, the office design was refined to an agreed plan of works and project timeframe.

Regular site meetings and project updates provided a forum to discuss progress, concerns, and ongoing works to ensure the client was in control yet supported throughout. With the building empty, the team was able to complete the extensive plan of works, snag-free, in just 8 weeks.

“The new office fits our needs perfectly; It’s light, it’s airy, it’s spacious, and it’s designed with our people in mind. Axis House have given us exceptional world-class service and I have no doubt that any other company would be as pleased with the results as we are with ours.”

Cathy Stephenson

General Manager, Wärtsilä

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