Location: Watford, Herts WD17
Size: 16,000 sq ft
Duration: 10 week
FIS, the world’s largest global banking and payments technologies provider, appointed Area Sq for a complete design and fit-out of their flagship office in Watford. Taking advantage of break clauses within their existing property portfolio, FIS decided to consolidate two offices in order to provide one head office that accurately reflected their brand and market position.
Area Sq's design team worked with the existing infrastructure, creating a light, modern office space incorporating FIS’s brand colour. Different zones within the office include formal and informal meeting spaces to encourage communication and interaction.
One key requirement of the project was to have a contrasting boardroom environment which was achieved through the use of materials such as walnut and black leather combined with controllable subdued lighting programmes.
Additionally, FIS was keen to encourage staff engagement with the office design process. To gain insight on this part of the project, Area Sq arranged roadshows on site so staff could input to ensure the office met their needs. Furniture specialist and sister company Sketch Studios, completed the look with select pieces from Techo, Naughtone, WJ White, Orangebox and Vitra.
Rachael Guest, EMEA Facilities Manager at FIS says: “I worked closely with Area Sq throughout the process and I am delighted that together we created an inspiring place which has had a real positive impact on people.”