City of York Council
Listed building restoration
New build development
Scope of Service:
Strategy and Transformation
Brand and Experience
Approx. 1,200 employees
We can help make change happen
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.
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.
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.