First look inside BUPA’s new ID:SR-designed home in Salford

Healthcare group BUPA has unveiled its new-look £65m Salford operation, created by interior design specialist ID:SR.

The MediaCityUK project is split over six floors and brings together more than 2,000 staff from three buildings into their first co-located environment at BUPA Place.

The wellbeing of staff is supported through the layout of work and social spaces to encourage movement and flow through the building, facilitating increased interaction, internal/external visibility and collaboration.

The range of work settings and social spaces also empowers staff, giving them control over the type of spaces they select to support their work.

As well as physical wellbeing, the design engages with the principles of biophilic design, forging connections between people and nature.

To help promote a positive mental response, a palette of organic materials with high environmental credentials and recycled content has been employed throughout, helping create a calm setting for work.

The majority of team workspace is located on the upper floors and to the perimeter of each floorplate, with views out over the building’s waterside location allowing natural daylight to flood these areas.

Collaboration and informal social space encircles the full height central atrium on each floor.

Client meeting rooms are positioned central to the floor plan giving views over internal operations.

A wellbeing suite is located on the fourth floor containing a contemplation room, occupational health and first aid room.

The ground floor provides flexible break-out workspace for use by employees and visiting clients, as well as a highly visible reception area, a 250-cover restaurant offering fantastic views over the Manchester Ship Canal, a café and facilities for cyclists.

Full CAT B interior design, including significant FF&E, feature lighting, signage and wayfinding for this BCO Grade A office were all provided by ID:SR.

Marie Leyland, associate partner at ID:SR Sheppard Robson, said: “Considering wellbeing in the workplace was a key consideration when designing this project influencing how we planned the floorplates right through to the final finishes chosen.”

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