Hydrock, London

  • Office design & fitout
  • Professional Services

A new integrated and flexible home for Hydrock

Hydrock is a leading integrated engineering, energy and sustainability consultancy, who were based in serviced offices. However, the growth in their team meant that they needed to provide a new space in London that would encourage better integration and collaboration, and help support business growth. Having outgrown the serviced office, it became more challenging to maintain a sense of team and brand. With staff retention and growth a priority for the business, it was important to find a high quality space that would reflect Hydrock’s culture, as well as providing a great work environment for its people and clients to enjoy.

Having secured a new space, they commissioned Woodhouse to undertake the fitout of their new integrated and flexible home in Great Suffolk Yard.

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Innovative space planning

The project presented several challenges that required innovative solutions. One  was that the space was made up of 3 partly-interconnected listed and different level buildings, demanding thoughtful space planning. With people less likely to visit a breakout area that was in a separate space, Woodhouse created a collaboration hub and a multi-purpose wellness room alongside it, to bring the two wings together. Adjacent to this on a lower level in the Grade II listed part of the building is a games room which could double up as an excellent collaboration space, all equipped with audio-visual equipment. The variety of settings within the breakout zone will be a big draw for staff to this zone, with the line of banquette seating being perfect for lunch time or project collaboration.

Creating a harmonious, blended design solution

Another challenge was creating a warm and inviting interior that was harmonious with the very industrial Cat-A character. This has been overcome by a design solution that complements the industrial feel; carefully selected colour tones that enhance the exposed brickwork, and natural earthy tones to blend with the bare concrete backdrop of the interior.

Built for the future

The office’s functional requirements were addressed with a great variety of work settings: conventional desk areas, a flexible touch-down work bench, video call pods, open collaboration booth and a suite of meeting rooms – all equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and booking systems. All spaces are provided with new furniture, and electrical infrastructure has been put in to cater for any future business expansion requirements. Sound management was a crucial consideration in the design, given the exposed concrete soffit throughout the base build, so acoustic solutions were applied in key areas, to optimize sound absorption.

In line with promoting a healthy and sustainable workspace, biophilic elements were incorporated throughout, and sustainable fabrics such as Camira’s Mainline Flax were chosen to meet their environmental aspiration. Highly efficient M&E solutions have been installed, in line with the energy management of the whole building.

Overall, the project successfully tackled the challenges of the complex and historic building; the industrial space has been transformed, integrating three wings and resulting in a functional, aesthetically pleasing, and sustainable office environment.


We really have a place to be proud of and feedback across the business has been overwhelmingly positive!
Dave Lawes

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