Caunton Workplace Design Ph2 35
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Caunton Engineering HQ Phase 2

Caunton is one of the UK’s top fully automated structural steelwork contractors and a world leader in ‘Just in Time’ manufacture. Based near Nottingham, England, they operate nationwide offering one-stop solutions to most steel construction needs.

They identified a building opposite their large design and production facility to become their new HQ. They turned to Opus 4 to produce a design, management and refurbishment solution. Celebrating their 50th year in business, the stakeholders wanted to create a workplace which would help them attract the next generation of engineering talent.

The existing structure was significantly enhanced with insulated, powder-coated cladding and a new roof was installed, with a glazed feature atrium running through the central core of the building. This was a key architectural design feature which allowed natural light to cascade through the first-floor office areas to the open plan multifunction space on the ground floor. A glazed curtain walling system was fitted to the front of the building and the external areas re-landscaped.

  • Location
  • Sector
  • Project Size
    15,180 sq ft
  • Duration
    16 Weeks
  • Happiness Rating
Caunton Workplace Design Ph2 7

Opus 4 was presented with an empty shell, with exposed cladding, interior brickwork and concrete floors and an exposed timber roof. They collaborated closely with the client, harnessing their engineering and BIM modelling expertise to produce a Cat A and B design and fit out solution.

The first floor includes two informal areas, a kitchen, seamless glazed meeting rooms with feature manifestation, management offices and an expansive agile working area with zoning to separate teams.

The ground floor houses a large, multifunction space, directly under the glass atrium. The Opus 4 design team embraced many current workplace trends, with biophilic design elements, such as natural finishes to flooring and several nature walls combining silver birch tree bark with an array of mixed foliage. The space also has a mix of seating styles for people to meet, dine and work individually or in clusters. There is an eclectic mix of decorative styles to the walls, with painted finishes, vinyl wallcovering and bespoke 3D wall panelling. The rest of the ground floor houses departmental offices, a large boardroom, management offices, a family room, a large kitchen and shower wet-rooms and toilets.

Caunton was faced with a real challenge when it came to recruiting the most talented engineering graduates from the region’s specialist universities. With fierce competition from renowned names like Rolls Royce, they needed to create a new headquarter building that would attract the best people.

Caunton Workplace Design Ph2 7

A great office
attracts great talent.

“To get new talent and then retain them, you have to create a workplace which is better than your competitors. Opus 4 has helped us to achieve this.”

– Robert Berry, Managing Director

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Opus”

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