New look at Plaza transformation as £3m facelift nears completion

CGI of Plaza third floor lounge

New images have been unveiled of the reimagined workspace environment and communal lounge at Bruntwood Works’ Plaza office scheme in Liverpool.

A £3m transformation at the Old Hall Street site, to create a unique work and lifestyle destination, is nearing completion.

The work is part of Bruntwood Works’ £200m Pioneer programme – the scheme that creates forward-thinking workspaces centred on six key pillars of biophilia, art, sustainability, wellness, amenity and technology – and will be Bruntwood Works’ first Pioneer building in Liverpool.

As part of an exclusive first look at the scheme, Bruntwood Works has revealed the design for the third floor that will deliver more than 8,800 sq ft of leased office space – with more than two thirds of the space already let and 14 individual fully serviced office suites, which will each feature a dedicated private balcony, helping to enhance wellbeing for customers.

The third floor will also accommodate meeting rooms, phone booths and a communal lounge, which has been inspired by an eclectic mix of retro style and modern design. The lounge – complete with 1960s-inspired piano, lush green biophilia and original exposed beams – will provide an attractive and inspirational hub for collaboration and co-working, and double as an event space for customers and the community to use.

It will also benefit from a large external terrace overlooking St Paul’s Square at the heart of Liverpool’s commercial district.

The Plaza, which is already home to a broad range of digital, technology and professional services businesses, includes serviced offices and larger leased spaces. It also offers Bruntwood Works’ Made & Managed product, which allows customers to build a bespoke package of services including utilities, furniture and cleaning for a monthly fee.

The transformation of the iconic landmark on Liverpool’s skyline, the former John Moores centre, is inspired by a bold 1960s design and colour palette, to create a future-facing scheme where work and lifestyle are seamlessly blended. The expressive interiors have been designed to evoke a sense of action encouraging collaboration, community and productivity.

As with all Pioneer projects, wellbeing remains central as Bruntwood Works continues to create spaces that actively enhance work life balance and improve the wellbeing of its communities. At The Plaza, this will be delivered through investment in bespoke lighting and quiet study spaces to enhance the working environment and boost productivity, while planting and biophilic design will be integrated to boost oxygen levels, reduce stress and support improved mental health.

Ciara Keeling, CEO of Bruntwood Works, said: “We’re incredibly excited to unveil the pioneering workspace and communal lounge at the heart of the Plaza’s transformation.

CGI of Plaza third floor balcony

“As our first Pioneer scheme in the city, the Plaza will provide the perfect blend of amenity, wellbeing, biophilia, technology, art and sustainability. It is influenced by the bold, sophisticated and vibrant style of the 1960s, reflecting the building’s heritage but with a contemporary twist.

“The Plaza will be a truly unique destination for work, lifestyle and collaboration in Liverpool, and we’re now one step closer to achieving our vision for the space.”

Earlier this year, Bruntwood Works unveiled The Plaza’s inspiring new arrival experience, which includes a lounge, reception and independent coffee bar by Liverpool institution Bold Street Coffee, which is now open on the ground floor. The Plaza’s fitness suite is also now complete, and is home to 142 bike spaces, 18 showers and a new wellness studio to host fitness classes.

The restaurant and bar, set to open later this year, will complete The Plaza’s arrival experience. Bruntwood Works says Liverpool can look forward to a new destination concept for the city created by local hospitality experts, Graffiti Spirits Group, with more details to be announced soon.

The project is set to complete this autumn.