Professional services firm KPMG has today taken occupation of four floors at the grade II listed 66 Queen Square, a prestigious redevelopment in the centre of the city.
The firm’s first office was located in Queen Square nearly 200 years ago, trading under the name John Moxham.
KPMG employs 450 people in the city. Located right in the heart of the city, the office combines the Georgian elegance of Queen Square and an adjoining new, open plan office. 66 Queen Square offers the best of both worlds – a modern office space in an historical setting.
Commenting on KPMG’s move, Andrew Hodgson, senior partner in Bristol, says: “The building combines the best of old and new. To be back in the location where KPMG started in Bristol is fantastic.
“While Bristol has grown from a bustling port to a thriving cosmopolitan melting pot of industry, culture, food & drink, our commitment to the city hasn’t changed.
“We take our responsibilities to our local community seriously. Our ambition to always be at the heart of the city goes beyond the physical location of our office and extends into every area of the business community, the public sector, charities and the region’s rich cultural and social scene.
“Our business has changed hugely over the past 25 years to meet the changing needs of our clients. We needed a space to work in that reflects how we work today.
“Our objective was to create an innovative and flexible space that will enhance our interactions with clients, and allow all of us to work better together. We consulted with our clients and colleagues to define what we wanted – we have increased the size of our office but reduced the number of individual desks and replaced them with open spaces, booths and meeting rooms for colleagues to collaborate better together across departments, and with clients.
“We are also really excited to offer an Enterprise space in the building – an area for clients to use as a drop-in space when they’re in the city with time to kill between meetings.”
More about the design
The building’s feature picture walls are the product of a staff photography competition, taking inspiration from the local area from Clifton Suspension Bridge to Corn Street. It is at the forefront of environmental design and has been built with recycled and green construction materials, and solar energy capture will lower CO2 emissions.
Clients and colleagues will be able to make use of the building’s high-tech features, including the latest video conferencing facilities and electronic collaboration screens. On top of this, significant investment has been made in the office’s dining facilities. Clients can now expect a five-star dining experience and the staff restaurant has quadrupled in size.
ID:SR Sheppard Robson’s design makes the most of the variety of spaces created by the meeting of old and new architecture, with the open, larger spaces of the new building complemented by the more focused and contained areas found in the listed structure. This allows the design to cater for the specific work settings required to support KPMG’s clients and create an environment that helps continue to retain and attract the best staff.
At the heart of the project is a dramatic cantilevered staircase, which bridges the internal atrium and connects the listed building with the new structure. This adds drama to the space while promoting physical movement, collaboration and connectivity.
Helen Berresford, Partner and Head of ID:SR Sheppard Robson, said: “This is our fourth project in four years for KPMG. It has allowed us to engage with the organisation, working in partnership to create flexible and collaborative ways of working that directly support the culture of the company, celebrating the dynamism and character of the people, incorporating subtle design features, soft colours and textures, drawing from Bristol’s urban fabric.”
“The merging of an international outlook and local knowledge is a feature in our work with KPMG.
As with the building itself the atrium at the heart of the building draws together the KPMG neighbourhood, clients and their people, with the feature staircase connecting all elements of KPMG’s new home."
ISG implemented the design and carried out the office fit-out.
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KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 12,000 partners and staff. The UK firm recorded a turnover of £1.9 billion in the year ended September 2014. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. It operates in 155 countries and has 162,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.
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