Network Rail

Network Rail

Architect
Oktra
Location
London EC4R 3UE, UK | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Offices
Oliver Pohlmann
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
TablePEDRALI
Bespoke rafts Amron Architectural
Carpet/vinylShaw Contract
Simply by Nature, Jaquard, Suited, Unite
TilesSolus Ceramics
Chairnaughtone
Bespoke joineryAJB design

Product Spec Sheet
Carpet/vinyl
Simply by Nature, Jaquard, Suited, Unite by Shaw Contract
Tiles
Chair
Bespoke joinery

Network Rail

Oktra as Architects

Network Rail Southern Region has over 7,000 staff members across multiple offices and depots. They wanted to create a central hub for the consolidation of some of their teams, supporting collaboration and further integration between multi-disciplinary teams.

photo_credit Oliver Pohlmann
Oliver Pohlmann
photo_credit Oliver Pohlmann
Oliver Pohlmann

We began working with the Southern Region on the design and fit out of their six-storey hub HQ in January of 2020. When the pandemic hit, we refreshed our designs to be fully COVID-secure in order to facilitate a safe return to work for their employees whilst sticking to our original design principles and ensuring we built in the flexibility needed to adapt the layout if and when physical distancing relaxes.

photo_credit Oliver Pohlmann
Oliver Pohlmann
photo_credit Oliver Pohlmann
Oliver Pohlmann

The new office is designed around two-metre social distancing, supported by a two-metre floor grid and directional flow cut into the carpet which can be changed post pandemic. All meeting rooms are completely open to eliminate enclosed spaces. All necessary doors are automated and we’ve incorporated anti-microbial materials, occupancy sensors, bespoke signage and many other design elements to ensure Network Rail’s staff can return to the office safely and feel confident in doing so. Our design team also provided a bespoke training video to help teach staff how to use their new workspace.

photo_credit Oliver Pohlmann
Oliver Pohlmann
photo_credit Oliver Pohlmann
Oliver Pohlmann
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