Burton Green was approached by WhiteSpace to develop a collaborative workspace in the historic St James Mill, Norwich, for tech and creative professionals.

The brief was to provide 70 workstations that could be leased on a monthly basis, plus additional hot-desking and breakout areas for staff and visitors.

Burton Green worked closely with the client during the refurbishment works to create a flexible space, incorporating a dedicated reception and waiting area, a flexible working space, a hot-desk area, and formal and informal meeting areas. Additionally a flexible event space with 40+ theatre style seating which could be easily transformed into a breakout space, was installed, together with a pool table and soft seating for staff and visitors to use.

It was important for WhiteSpace to have an office environment where professionals collaborate to encourage innovation and creativity.

The majority of the works had to be undertaken during normal working hours, but with the office being a working environment, it was essential that the refurbishment works were carried out as programmed to cause minimal disruption to staff and other users of the building. Burton Green worked in partnership with the building maintenance team, staff and contractors, to adjust lead times for products and services, ensuring the project was completed within the allocated timeframe and within budget.

The newly refurbished offices of WhiteSpace were launched to the public on the 18th February and the reaction has been fantastic.

“Emma worked incredibly hard on a very difficult project coping with many difficult challenges thrown up in our wonderful Grade 1 listed Mill building. Emma provided us with an amazing, flexible and inspiring design, plus managed all of her suppliers through to high quality completion around our challenging timescales for a hugely successful launch event. The whole feel of our co-working tech hub has been totally transformed by Emma and we are constantly getting compliments from visitors about what an fantastic space we have. We feel very lucky to have been able to work with Emma, to have her excellent help and expertise to deliver our refurbishment project – obviously, we’d highly recommend Burton Green.”

Neil Garner