PwC Edinburgh, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh
Rather than wait for its lease expiry, PWC opted to decant early from its cramped and outdated home of 20 years, to grasp the opportunity presented by the emergence of a large single floor in Edinburgh’s newest and greenest office development. The relocation from the four floors at Erskine House to Atria One has truly transformed the consultant's working practices in the Scottish capital. This move has delivered a master-class in user engagement, with PWC demonstrating perfectly the significant benefits achievable from early, considered and structured interaction with staff and clients at every stage of the process.
The well designed fit out has provided a coherent mix of locations to create a single and unified workspace. The office provides a range of uses, with mainly open plan workspaces with a limited number of partner offices, adjacent collaborative areas and amenity hubs. Atria One provides a physical example of PWC’s mission statement: 'Together: One firm, one space, one future.' This ideal is put across not from its repetition on the numerous staff engagement documents provided, but through the staff themselves and their undoubted passion and pride in the inspirational office that they now occupy.
This project acts as a benchmark for business as to how to design well considered and resolved accommodation perfectly suited for its staff and visitors alike. The local team were consulted extensively as to what they would like to see included in the design and how they would like to use the space. Their thoughts and suggestions have been incorporated into the final outcome and they have therefore bought into the resultant space and have taken ownership of it.
There is a fantastic blend of fixed workstations, break out areas, quiet rooms and meeting space. The management systems employed ensure that all the varied space is utilised efficiently and effectively. Through its attention to detail, endeavour and desire for quality, PWC has taken an already excellent base build set up and enhanced it considerably. This has meant that its Edinburgh office now sits comfortably amongst PWC's exemplar collection of UK work places.