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The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has achieved a 20% increase in capacity at its offices in London and Cambridge without compromising the personal space of its 475 employees.

 KI and Office Extra transformed RSC’s headquarters at Thomas Graham House
KI and Office Extra transformed RSC’s headquarters at Thomas Graham House

In a three-phase refurbishment between 2012 and 2014, KI and Office Extra transformed RSC’s headquarters at Thomas Graham House, Cambridge and its London offices in Burlington House, Piccadilly. To improve space utilisation and support flexible working practices, KI replaced RSC’s large corner desks with UniteSE benches with integrated storage and fixed computer monitors. A sense of privacy was maintained by fitting desks with contrasting H-series perspex screens.

In Cambridge, RSC chose maple desks and electric blue screens throughout, except for the IT department, which has white desks and lime green screens.

For London, it standardised on walnut desks on white frames with orange perspex screens, bar the facilities department, which opted for the same colour scheme as the Cambridge IT department.

Bob Shimmens, Building and Facilities Manager at the Royal Society of Chemistry, is delighted with the results. He said: “Despite increased densities, the end users feel they have more personal space and there have been improvements in communication and the overall environment thanks to the colours used. The new design has given the building a real lift.”

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