We’re extremely pleased to be settling into our newly refurbished and modern working environment on the third floor of Central Square.

We were presented with a fantastic opportunity to relocate from our King’s Manor location and we looked at a number of possible sites within the Newcastle area. Our key objectives were to source an office space where we could accommodate all staff on one floor to encourage interactivity and we were looking for something fairly central with good travel links. Among the sites visited, Central Square, a 1930’s Post office met all our requirements, as well as offering great views of the city.

We enlisted architect and interior designer Nicola Gartland, Director and founder of Room 33, as Principal Designer to lead the design of the third floor office area. Nicola’s vision resulted in making great use of the space to create a diverse and vibrant working environment, with maximum daylight penetration. Working closely with Room 33, Aptus successfully refurbished what was a tired office which had been vacant for several years, into an ultra-modern technology hub.

Stand-out features of the new office include over 1,500m2 of open plan work areas, a large number of meeting rooms, hot desk facilities and dedicated work/break out zones. With one person cubicles for privacy and concentration, soundproof meeting rooms, state of the art catering facilities and eight life size trees through the office. We feel our new offices reflect the company’s progressive approach not only to technology, but also design, ergonomics and staff welfare.

We received fantastic legal advice from the Property team at Ward Hadaway in Newcastle to ensure the smooth move. Nick Lambert, Finance Director, said “Having been in our previous office for twenty years, it was vital that our new premises provided the right atmosphere for the business and allowed the company to grow further. Ward Hadaway’s help was invaluable in sorting out the legal and commercial arrangements with our old and new landlords. With such an important move, it is vital knowing that you can trust your advisers to deliver the best deal for your business and this is just what Alex, Tessa and the team at Ward Hadaway did”.

A great achievement as part of the move was continuing to help Crisis, a charity who we work closely with striving to end homelessness . We donated some of our furniture and equipment from the King’s Manor site to Crisis who plan to reuse a lot of it as part of their office refurbishment.

Andrew Burnip, Director of  Crisis Skylight (Newcastle) commented: I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you all for the kind donation of office furniture, fridges, tables and chairs and all the work put into organising transport the Skylight. The furniture will be put to good use following our refurbishment, but more than that, it will mean that even more of our budget can be spent on helping members to end homelessness. I hope that your move went well and you have settled into your new premises.  Looking forward to our continued partnership”.

Managing Director, Ian Shard commented: “We were very impressed with Aptus from the outset. They delivered on their promise to deliver a first class refurbishment on time and to budget. They have helped us create a first class working environment for the Orchard Team that has already improved productivity and communication throughout our business. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to others embarking on similar transformational projects.”

*All pictures courtesy of Jill Tate Photography