Posted by Andrew Crompton

Posted 5 August, 2014 OBI BLOG

OBI-Parklands-45In one of our biggest and most exciting projects to date, OBI have completed the fit out of the new HQ for AO.com, the UK’s leading online retailer of domestic appliances. Our team worked closely with AO.com to ensure the design of the space matched the company’s ethos of providing a fun place to work.

We completed the £2 million design and fit out for the new 50,000 sq ft head office at 5A Parklands, at Middlebrook in Bolton.

Working hand in hand with the team at AO.com we designed and fitted-out the new HQ to ensure it not only reflects, but actively demonstrates, that a fun working culture is a key priority for the business.  In a recent article in Retail Week magazine, John Roberts, founder and chief executive of AO.com said: “If we keep that, everything else will take care of itself. When I go to work I want to have a laugh. We make more money the less we worry about making money.”

Delivered in just 12 weeks, in time for the £1.2bn floatationOBI-Parklands-10 of the business, we provided a unique fit-out for AO.com’s 500 staff featuring; a 5,000 sq ft social area, known as The Park which includes gaming stations, space to relax, chef-prepared meals and snacks throughout the day, its own branch of Starbucks, three large meeting rooms; Lego Room, Board Room and Party Room and bathrooms with a creative touch!

Other feature rooms include a ‘Voodoo’ Lounge and ‘Indonesian Spa’, where the AO team can get their hair cut and nails painted!

It was fantastic to work with team at AO.com, I spent a lot of time with them to find out what makes them tick and what they wanted from their workspace.  We were able to get really creative with our design, providing fun and interesting spaces that promote collaboration, innovation and productivity.

This is what AO.com had to say about our work for them:

OBI-Parklands-12Kevin Monk, Group Director of Strategy, AO.com said: “Creating the best possible working environment for the team at our HQ was very important to us.  We want to do the best for our team, as we know they will then do their best for us and our customers.  Working with OBI Property on the design and fit-out of the office was excellent, we’ve got the balance between work and play spaces just right.  We want to bring a smile to the faces of our staff and visitors and from the feedback we’ve received so far, it sounds like we’ve hit the spot.”

Tanya Baker, Group Facilities Manager, AO.com said:  “Working with OBI Property to firstly identify the right building and location for our head office, and then on the design and fit out of the space was a breeze.  All members of the team took the time to understand our business and culture, and clearly they’ve helped us create a HQ that everyone at AO.com is proud of, and importantly, enjoys coming to every day to work.  What was most impressive about working with OBI was the speed and quality of their work.  The fact we turned the building around in a matter of months, with no disruption to day to day business is fantastic.”