There is a growing demand for office space to be comfortable and energising. With the UK workforce spending more time at work than ever before, the focus is on wellbeing as well as productivity. 

The ‘What Workers Want’ report, published in June by Savills and Oxford Economics, named internal design and fit-out as the one thing respondents would change about their workspace above all else. 

With around half of all workers and two thirds of 18–24-year-olds expecting to move jobs within five years, and the increasing competition in recruiting and retaining talent, how can these combined statistics be ignored? 

Women playing ping pong in communal area at Fuel Studios Norwich

Workplace revolution.

There is an undeniable change in how office spaces are being defined. We need to move away from the formulaic and the traditional in order to create energising environments.

There is a shift towards ‘campus style’ working environments as well as increasing amounts of flexible working spaces, hot desking and ‘armchair philosophy’ break-out areas.

Flexible offices had a 6.3% share of the London office market at the end of 2018, according to a recent report by Hubble. This figure is projected to grow to 11% by 2023. While property firm JLL predicted “flexible working spaces are set to grow by up to 30pc annually for the next five years across Europe”.

There is a growing demand for smaller flexible office spaces to support smaller start-ups, flexible workers and freelancers. These kinds of spaces often come with the added benefit of on-site cafes, gyms and showers, rolling in the benefits for employees. 

Fuelling growth.

We work with TCN, specialists in the regeneration of unloved buildings into inspiring spaces for next-generation businesses. It added Kiln House in the heart of Norwich to its portfolio in 2016, and launched Fuel studios, to attract start-ups, creative thinkers, and all-round bright sparks.

We’ve updated a tired office space, transforming it into an innovative and exciting environment for business growth. There are contemporary break-out spaces and big windows, and the look is industrial, with the floors stripped back to the original concrete and exposed pipework and brickwork.

The use of vivid colours, bold typography and inspirational messaging, the identity is bright and energetic.

The transformation of the interior space has resulted in occupancy rates above TCN’s target, and Fuel Studios is now being expanded with the conversion of another 11,000sq ft into larger suites from 1,200sq ft.

Wall graphics at Fuel Studios Norwich saying never run on empty

Inspirational setting.

“When you walk into the new development on level five there is a definite wow factor,” explained Centre Host Lisa Mouncer. “It has already received a lot of interest with the modern furnishings, quirky lighting and a range of seating from swings to comfy chairs.

“It is an area in which you would be proud to conduct business meetings and discuss innovative projects.”

Senior Designer Steph Shore said: “Initially we came up with the name and branding for the space, and, as Fuel Studios has grown and evolved, we’ve visualised how the space would look based on an industrial and fuel theme.

quotes We’ve retained the visual consistency across the building on differing floors, making a complete, flowing experience. It’s designed to be a flexible space that you can put your own mark on, but you always know you’re in Fuel Studios
Group of people working around a table at Fuel Studios Norwich

Energise your space.

If you want to make your office space a more inspirational and energising place, attracting businesses that want to grow in an inspirational location, get in contact.

You can call us on 01603 622766, email, or open the instant chat window icon in the right-hand bottom corner of the screen.