Opus Energy, based in Northampton, officially opened their new headquarters building in a ceremony on 6th March 2018. GSSArchitecture provided Architectural services for the scheme, which included the remodelling and regeneration of an existing 1990’s office that previously housed Northamptonshire County Council. The design has transformed the outdated office building into a new corporate HQ and created a modern, flexible working environment that responds to current working practices and the use of technology in the workplace.
The spaces are flexible in that the design allows staff to operate in different ways, and promotes communication and collaboration. In addition to the fluid approach to working spaces, the building is able to respond and adapt to short and long term changes in working practices, technology, and staff requirements and expectations.
Some key features of the design include a new main entrance and reception, the introduction of a café space, and a range of flexible ‘breakout’ and ‘touch down’ areas.
GSSArchitecture’s in-house graphics and visualisation team have worked closely with the client to produce 360 degree virtual reality (VR) experiences in order to showcase the development in an immersive environment, allowing the client and staff to experience and tour the offices prior to construction. The 360 VR animation of the Opus Energy office regeneration can be found on the GSSArchitecture YouTube channel.