Ninety One, previously known as Investec Asset Management, recently relocated to impressive new offices in the heart of London’s business district. Creating adaptable and agile working space, Style collaborated with HLW architects and main contractor Overbury, to install three Dorma Hüppe Variflex moveable wall systems, giving freedom to create two individual meeting rooms, or one large open area off the main reception.
Maximising light flooding into this beautifully designed office building, one operable wall is glass, whilst the other two are finished respectively in a truly stunning Kvadrat Maharam Merit fabric and Fluted Timber veneer to match surrounding joinery. Ensuring meetings can run concurrently, entirely undisturbed, the walls provide impressive 59dB acoustic integrity.
One week before national lockdown, Investec Asset Management, part of the Investec Group, underwent a de-merger, becoming a separate company called Ninety One.
The process of relocating to new offices was already underway when the pandemic struck. Quickly adapting to newly restrictive working practices, Style was still able to complete the complex installation safely and on schedule.
The two ‘outer’ walls, overlooking the reception and lounge areas, both benefit from semi-automatic operation. This allows the walls to be manually slid into place, whereupon substantial rubber seals automatically expand to exactly the required pressure to maximise acoustic performance. In addition, semi-automatic operation removes the risk of the seals being manually over-expanded, helping contribute to a long and trouble-free lifespan.
Michael Porter, Style’s sales director for the South said:
“This installation not only offers tremendous levels of space flexibility,” said , “it also brings style and panache to an outstanding office development.”
“All three systems can be stored away to create a large events’ space, incorporating the lounge at the south of the ground floor reception.”
“It’s yet another example of how you can cleverly utilise space to adapt to day-to-day requirements, while also adding to the interior design of the room.”
Style is the exclusive UK partner to Dorma Huppe, Skyfold and SWG.