Sky’s vast HQ in west London has been chosen as the best workplace at the AJ Architecture Awards
‘It’s an exemplar. It’s about changing the way people work,’ said our judges of this innovative scheme. In 2013 PLP Architecture, AL_A and Hassell were commissioned to design Sky Central, the new headquarters for broadcaster Sky and the main building of its west London campus.
The client’s brief called for a ‘game-changing’ workplace that would unite 3,500 employees into a single community and reflect the fast-paced and ever-evolving nature of broadcasting and telecommunications.
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The vast 45,000m2 workplace unites Sky’s employees across three levels. A series of ‘neighbourhoods’, each housing around 200 people, includes a range of individual and team settings suiting every type of activity. The neighbourhoods are linked by a series of central mezzanines, stairs and ramps, encouraging employees to take different routes around the office and allowing for unexpected and surprising interactions. These journeys also shape the central experience of the building – an open space where ideas and people flow naturally.
‘They’ve put health and wellness at the forefront – you have to travel around the building,’ said our judges. ‘The scale of space is exactly what the agents wouldn’t advise! The building isn’t instructive – everyone can find their place. It’s humanistic.’
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