Lion’s partnership with Creative Spaces aimed to bring Lion’s people together in a stimulating and creative environment that encouraged collaborative working styles. Previously spread over multiple floors and fragmented into narrow workspaces around a central core, Lion decided to consolidate into two large open plan floors totalling 5100sqm.
Theming over the two floors was developed into the North and South Island, bringing together quintessential Kiwi places and traditional life experiences that epitomise the company’s products. For example, the “Beaches and Baches” theme is reflective of Northland’s holiday lifestyle with Lion Red and Fish and Chips.
The central café and stair that connect the two floors is the core of the fitout and is described as ‘Home’- where the journey begins. The workspaces and meeting rooms, branching out from the core have seven different themes:
- Beaches and Baches
- Harbours & Travel
- Outdoor Activities
- City Laneways & Bars
- Deep South Adventures
Lion has a dynamic group of people working with their diverse range of brands. It became essential that the workplace should reflect the diversity of both whilst still maintaining a highly functional space.
Every person within Lion, from the Managing Director down, changed into an open plan environment. This was supported by an increased number of quiet rooms, collaboration options and bookable meeting rooms. High levels of detail and variation in finishes and texture added to the richness and personalisation of the design.
Despite tight time frames (3 months construction) and specialist AV and IT requirements, the Creative Spaces team ensured the project was delivered on time, under budget and to an extremely high standard.