Working with the UK’s leading telephone answering service, Moneypenny, to deliver an award-winning £15m flagship headquarters in Wrexham, known as ‘the happiest office in the land’.
People are at the heart of Moneypenny’s business and the brief reflected the importance of its team and the desire to create an inspiring working environment for them. We designed the building from the inside out, starting by listening to the people.
We arranged the 91,000 sqft office around a triple height atrium with a restaurant, bleacher seating and pub all overlooked by a treehouse meeting room. The atrium breaks out into 10 acres of landscaped grounds including a pond, wetlands, an orchard and a woodland nature trail for staff.
3D authoring was used to develop and communicate the design, including the co-ordination of numerous sustainable measures to help reduce running costs and increase staff comfort. the most significant being the hybrid mixed mode strategy. The scheme achieves BREEAM 'Very Good'.
The building has gone on to win a number of leading industry accolades, including Best Corporate Workplace at the BCO Regional Awards and the LABC North Wales Building Excellence Awards. The scheme was also Highly Commended at the Mixology North and RICS Awards.
In 2022, Moneypenny was shortlisted for a BCO Test of Time Award - this accoldae rewards previous BCO award winning projects that that have proven themselves to live up to their original aspirations and intentions.
What we believe is simple: the happier our staff, the happier our clients. We provided our architects with the same budget we'd been quoted to build a standard office and said 'right, show us how we can create something amazing'.Ed Reeves Co-founder and Director Moneypenny