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Company: Square Enix
Location: London, SE1
Size: 15,000 sq ft

Design Brief

Square Enix is an international video game developer that have released many celebrated titles such as Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider franchises. They are renown in the software industry for pushing the boundaries of creativity and innovation across new platforms and consoles.

They recently got in touch with Oktra regarding their office move to 240 Blackfriars after learning about the other successful projects they had completed in the building. The move for Square Enix was more than simply a chance at expanding their space, they also wanted to introduce new, effective ways of working that increased staff motivation and performance.

Solution

On first entering the offices, what’s most apparent is the hive of energetic activity. This is, in part, due to the introduction of a flexible, open plan layout with the meeting facilities, pods and conference rooms nestled behind glass. Every surface is tailored into touchdown areas, from high kitchen worktops to breakfast benches with power and data connections. These new spaces encourage informal collaboration, wider interaction and bring an organic sense of community to the business.

Quality control is an extensive and time-consuming aspect of software development, so it was important to Square Enix to have comfortable, ergonomic furniture in the gaming rooms. Here, the workstation supports for the user, wide screens on heavy duty Humanscale monitor arms allow users to lean back into the BTM gaming chairs and relax as they evaluate their content. 

Outcome

“The project team, as one have delivered a building that captures all of our requirements. Even the building selection was aided by Oktra’s ‘Space Forecaster Report’ which challenged our initial ideas of where we were going to move and helped us realise that 240 Blackfriars suited our business perfectly” said Tracey Robertson at Square Enix

 

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