85,000 sq ft
Base Build Modification, Due Diligence, Fit-out, Interior Design, Redevelopment & Conversion
BCO Award 2006
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Founded in Oxford more than 60 years ago, Oxfam has become a global humanitarian organisation. By the beginning of the 20th century, it employed around 800 staff in Oxford, inconveniently spread between nine buildings across the city. tp bennett was approached by Oxfam to advise on procurement of a new headquarters building in which all staff could be brought together and provided with better working conditions. Oxfam House, as it became, was customised in line with the charity’s specific needs, and given the nature of Oxfam’s work, the need to provide staff with good facilities was tempered by the imperative to avoid needless expenditure.
Part of tp bennett’s brief was to secure savings on the base build that allowed for a higher quality fit-out. In particular, the atrium of the building had all of its perimeter walls omitted to create an open social hub with coffee areas and display and events space alongside a restaurant and crèche. Bold super-graphics and blown-up photographs of the parts of the world in which Oxfam operates animate an essentially functional working interior.