Workplace specialists align have completed a striking, two-storey, co-working space for new operator bubbleHUB, located within a characterful former pump house building in the centre of St Albans. bubbleHUB co-founders Benn Latham and Harry Dougall briefed align to help create a 'unique and aspirational' space, which was to be unlike anything else currently available in the St Albans area.
'The scheme we created for this wonderful and historic industrial buidling is colourful and nature-inspired', commented align Director and Co-Founder Gurvinder Khurana, 'and the resulting environment, which also responds strongly to the building envelope, is like a mix between a private members' club and a workspace. The overall atmosphere is relaxed, with a definite home-from-home feel.'
Arrival is via a small set of stairs from street level up to the building's ground floor main entrance, where guests and users are met by a panelled and painted wall, featuring the new bubbleHUB branding created by SEA Design, as well a bank of personal lockers and an immediate full view across the ground floor 'hub' community space. This floor is predominantly to be used for meetings, touchdown, relaxation and social use, with a variety of furniture arrangements, a bookable meeting room and a bar area, which can be used for special events. The upper storey is a quieter space with fixed and allocated desking with three inset glazed floor panels allowing natural light to flood into the storey below.
The design approach here and on the ground floor celebrates and reveals the great historic fabric of the building, as well as creating a colourful and highly contemporary interior for those who will use it.
'We love the finished building', bubbleHUB CoFounder Benn Latham said. 'It is beautiful - every area has distinctive, interesting features arising from bothe the building fabric and the design. We are overjoyed that for many of our earlier members who took a 'leap of faith', it has surpassed expectations! They are able to focus and work, relax, collaborate and reflect in a great space with state-of-the-art technology.'