Shaw Trust has been a registered charity since 1982 and are the UK’s largest third sector providers of employment services for people with a disability or at a disadvantage. They help over 50,000 people per year find suitable training schemes or employment and they employ 1600 people throughout their 200-plus locations.

The client’s brief required us to create a fully functional and practical workspace with multiple breakout points to help staff relax and unwind in order to boost morale and well-being within the 3rd floor workplace.

The key focus of this project was to create a bright environment that balanced colour contrast and natural lighting levels within a fully wheelchair accessible space that has plenty of non-intrusive storage space.

Site: Victoria Street, Bristol
Occupancy: Office Space
Size: 1,176 Square Meters (12,658 square feet)
Time Scale: 8 Weeks



We were to design and fit out an existing 3rd floor office space in Shaw Trust’s Headquarters in Bristol with the design reflecting a business ethos that mirrors their working & practical philosophy that helps disabled or disadvantaged people find work by making the work area a place of work for all and compliant with BS8300.

There was a request for the design to contain bright colours and fabric contrasts, the fit-out was to have plenty of storage space whilst still being fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Scope of work:

  • Full Design & Turnkey Project Management including Building Regulation Approval & CDM
  • Fully BS8300 Compliant
  • Acoustic Office Partitions – designed to 52dB sound insulation
  • Double & Single Glazed – Full height, frameless acoustic glass office partitions
  • Flooring Services to help designate working / relaxing areas
  • Decoration Works
  • Bespoke Joinery
  • Automated – frameless glass bi-parting & sliding door sets
  • Manifestation – creation of colourful designs & branding – really improves aesthetics
  • Suspended Ceiling Works
  • Media / Meeting Room – “write-on” glass walls
  • Kitchen – fully designed to be disabled compliant under BS8300
  • Plumbing Works
  • Electrics – including LED lighting, PIR Sensors, Designer pendant & emergency lighting
  • Power & Data supplied via floor boxes set within a raised access (computer) floor
  • TV & Projector screens, connections and feeds to multiple locations
  • Storage Wall Solutions
  • Re-configuration of existing air conditioning and fresh air ventilation systems to suit design
  • Upgrade to existing Fire/Smoke detection systems
  • New security door entry & intercom system
  • Operable folding walls to split meeting rooms if required
  • Office furniture design including free-standing meeting pods, hot desking & soft seating
  • Mobile archive shelving solutions
  • Break Out / Relaxation areas