After a period of rapid business expansion, our clients ER Productions engaged us for an exciting project, to develop a bespoke facility, with all the features and space a world-leading laser and SFX provider requires.
We were given a design brief to create the “WOW” factor for over 32,000 sqft of accommodation, especially in key areas such as the informal reception area, boardroom and kitchen breakout space. Our initial interior concept images, which include modern industrial styling such as exposed steelwork, and services with a raw material palette of brick, concrete and timber was delivered to a great reception.
ER Productions Co-founder Ryan Hagen commented,
‘We wanted a new HQ that represented the company’s ethos of quality and innovation and represented us as market leader on an international scale – RHJB’s design has done just that.’
The dramatic ER HQ entrance is an energetic and inviting space, with a striking angular feature stair taking centre stage. Visitors are welcomed with the Eliud Kipchoge sub 2-hour marathon laser displayed on the ground in front of them and cantilevered shipping containers projecting above. Amongst all the new, ER Productions wanted to maintain a strong connection to their past hard work and successes, and this is where their many awards and accolades are proudly displayed. Memorabilia adorns the wall adjacent to the stair and through the corridors to either side, with the framed works again celebrating the rich history of this global company.
On the upper level the top of the stairway will be cradled between the main conference room and the entrance to open-plan offices. This will provide an impressive view, visible beyond the front entrance, to the River Thames and the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge beyond. Exposed services in the ceiling are partially screened with acoustic discs, necessary to address echo from the hard surfaces. These are interlaced with a mixture of traditional and contemporary lighting. There is a strong industrial material palette here; glass, steel, concrete and brick are brought together with warming timbers to create an entertaining and exciting environment.
The main office space is an open-plan mezzanine, with angled containers providing private internal spaces that also break up the external wall line. Informal breakout and kitchen spaces have views out towards the Thames and are separated from the formal office zone by Mondrian-style glazing, with clean black steel lines that further play to the industrial aesthetic. This is balanced with reclaimed scaffold boards as both wall and ceiling treatments. The collection of furniture here capitalises on the rich colours taken from the ER logo, softening the more industrial surroundings. The kitchen space will be finished in an accent colour paired with a stark anthracite grey steel and a matching worktop framed in a ply surround. A series of steel framed boxes are hung over the island providing yet further opportunity for natural planting and greenery, with lighting hung within the framework.
January 17, 2020