Multi-disciplinary transformation and relocation


City of York Council





Project Description:

Listed building restoration

New build development

Scope of Service:

Strategy and Transformation

Brand and Experience

Interior Design

Media Productions

Project size: 

Approx. 1,200 employees

Project Value:



March 2013

We can help make change happen

To find out more please contact us:
Web: www.sovibrant.co.uk
Tel: +44(0)1423 789388
Email: clientservices@sovibrant.co.uk
SoVibrant Ltd, Hornbeam House, Hornbeam
Park, Harrogate HG2 8QT


City of York Council commissioned an ambitious project to rationalise its real estate portfolio and consolidate from 14 locations across York down to four. This included a new HQ development in a Grade II listed building in one of the city’s most historically significant locations, the original railway station. In order to achieve this, a strategic review of its existing accommodation and organisational structure was required.

The Challenge

To assist the council with the large-scale data capture of the existing 14 buildings and 1700 staff, coordinating the staff engagement programme.

To develop a baseline aspiration to implement agile working principles and achieve a minimum of a 5:3 person to desk ratio.

To analyse and process the data gathered and develop layouts of the new HQ maintaining organisational and departmental adjacencies.

To work alongside the development team to design the interior and brand implementation schemes for the new HQ.

To provide a comprehensive external signage and internal way-finding solution for the site.

To assist in the design and specification of a comprehensive furniture procurement programme.

The Results

Another multi-award winning scheme, the project went on to win three awards at the RICS Pro-Yorkshire awards, amongst many other accolades.

While awards are always an added bonus, the most significant success of the project was the delivery of the client’s aspiration to consolidate its real estate and introduce agile working principles, while creating a truly stunning environment for both staff and the people of York.

“Right from our initial meetings, SoVibrant has collaborated with us and supported throughout, helping to deliver the right results.

Creatively SoVibrant is strong too; the team’s interior design and branding skills really have been inspirational, delivering over and above in every sense. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.” – Ian Asher – Head of Commissioning, Design and Facilities Management – City of York Council

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