A £3m project to transform communal areas of Bruntwood Works’ The Plaza office building in Liverpool is close to completion. Tony McDonough reports
Bruntwood Works is close to completing the £3m upgrade of communal areas of The Plaza office building in Liverpool.
As part of the company’s £100m Pioneer project to transform its north of England estate, Bruntwood works is set to unveil a new “arrival experience” at the St Paul’s Square site, including lounge, reception and independent coffee bar.
The Plaza’s new wellness studio is also complete. It is kitted out with Les Mills’ award-winning exercise equipment and a regular programme of yoga classes are scheduled as part of the community programme.
And what Bruntwood Works’ describes as a “bold and expressive interior” inspired by the building’s 1960s heritage has also been unveiled. The Plaza is Bruntwood Work’s first Pioneer building in Liverpool.
Its £100m Pioneer programme is creating “forward-thinking” workspaces centred on the core principles of biophilia, art, sustainability, wellness, amenity and technology. It adds that wellbeing remains central to the project which also sees the provision of 142 bike spaces and 18 showers.
Living walls provide oxygen-boosting green spaces and a natural way to create distinctive areas within the building. The addition of biophilia throughout is also designed to reduce stress and support improved mental health. Energy-saving sensors within the building will be used to optimise efficiency.
On one Liverpool’s best-known hospitality brands, Bold Street Coffee, is now open on the ground floor. A new restaurant and bar is set to open later this year, operated by the Graffiti Spirits Group.
Colin Forshaw, regional director of Bruntwood Works, said: “The Plaza has always been a game-changer in terms of design and its offering. From its inception in 1963 when its foundations were laid, right through to the present day, The Plaza has been setting the tone and leading the way.
“The building’s new transformation continues in this trailblazing spirit as we create the workspace of the future by incorporating amenity, wellbeing, biophilia, technology, art and sustainability.
“It’s completely different to anything else that exists in the city and is set to attract new visitors to the building and the surrounding commercial district as well as offering existing customers a new way of working. Today we are blending a workspace and lifestyle offering to create a place to cultivate ambition.”
The project is set to complete later this year. The Plaza project team includes Cubic Works by Bruntwood (Contractor & Mechanical Engineer) and Phaus (Interior Architect).