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Interior of the place

 

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve appointed Hull based Chameleon Business Interiors to lead the fit-out of The Place, our new city centre hub in Leeds that’ll help transform how we deliver services to customers.

We signed a 10-year lease for The Place in August last year, which saw us become the first Yorkshire based business to invest in the Climate and Innovation District of the city. We also became the first to commit to the regions only zero-carbon commercial building which has been developed by Citu as part of a wider £500m regeneration scheme of the South Bank area of Leeds. The move follows the sale of our previous city centre HQ, Dysons Chambers.

The Place builds on our long-standing Hub, Home and Roam approach which enables our colleagues to work anywhere, anytime. The innovative model, which reflects how the pandemic has changed the way people work, is directly linked to overhauling our customer offer, delivering services at a time and place that suits them, outside the usual 9-5, Monday to Friday.

The design concepts are the idea of award-winning Ingo Interiors. They have worked with the likes of the Canal and River Trust and Savills to deliver innovative solutions that create flexible workspaces and ‘hubs’ rather than traditional offices.

Though many organisations are now offering ‘flexible’ working, We’ve taken things one step further.

Nick Atkin, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Housing said:

“The Place is not an office. It’s a space where people can get together to share ideas, socialise and learn from each other. It makes use of the latest technology to enable our people to connect no matter where they are.

“Last year we moved all our colleagues to home-based contracts. This enables our people to work where it suits them best, be it at home, out in our communities, in a hub or at a local coffee shop. This approach enables our people to deliver a great experience for our customers.”

The design will allow us to provide a forward-thinking, fun, yet practical space for colleagues that inspires collaboration, innovation, and learning.

Supporting colleagues mental and physical health throughout the pandemic has been a priority for us and the space has been designed with a real focus on wellbeing. Some of the standout features include wellness cubes, that use sound and light to create a safe space for anyone who needs it – for prayer, meditation, some down time, breastfeeding or for wellbeing or medical reasons. There are also moveable booths, breakout areas, a rotating amphitheatre, digital walls, and a Yorkshire themed village green. The space will also make use of the latest technology that will enable our colleagues to collaborate with each other whether working from a hub, home or out in local communities.

Ingo Interiors founder Jenny Hill, who has worked in Commercial Interior Design for over 15 years following a career as a Set Designer said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Yorkshire Housing to create a workspace fit for the future.

“This is not an office; this is a workplace destination. I am pleased that the pandemic has inspired a change in the way people work. Yorkshire Housing understand the benefits of this style of design”

The move to The Place, at the heart of the Climate and Innovation District in Leeds, will also see us make significant cost savings thanks to the buildings ‘fabric first’ approach.

The timber frame used to construct the building was manufactured just next door and the building does not need boilers for heating, instead triple glazed windows, thick insulation, and airtightness help it to retain heat. Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery Systems (MVHR) bring a constant flow of fresh air into the building as well as making heating and cooling more energy efficient.

Nick Atkin, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Housing added:

“We’re delighted to be working with Ingo and Chameleon to deliver this ground-breaking workspace.

“The Place will transform how we deliver our services and will be an integral part of our hub, home and roam approach, enabling us to respond more quickly to the needs of our customers at a time and place that suits them.

Shaun Watts, chairman of Chameleon said: “We feel proud to have the opportunity to be working with Yorkshire Housing on delivering its new hub.

“Yorkshire Housing shares the same values and culture as Chameleon, so we feel we can really deliver a fun, vibrant and engaging new space for its employees to come together in and thrive. There are many stand out design features that we are excited to see come to life. The carbon neutral scheme emulates our ethos Chameleon – to deliver sustainable schemes – as well as Yorkshire Housing’s commitment to prioritising people and sustainability.”

Work has already started on site and will be completed by summer 2022.