Stephen George + Partners, one of the UK’s leading architectural practices, has relocated its Leicester office to its own 8,000 sqft purpose-built building at Grove Park, Enderby. Known as Waterfront House, the new office building has been designed by Stephen George + Partners to not only provide extra space for the rapidly growing business, but also showcase the practice’s capabilities in architectural design and innovation.
Michael Barker, Senior Partner said,
“Our move into Waterfront House completes a long-held ambition for Stephen George + Partners to design and build our own premises and demonstrates our long-term commitment to help drive the future growth of the practice. We currently have 67 staff in Leicester and this office will let us grow.”
“Waterfront House exemplifies everything that is great about Stephen George + Partners. It is an inspirational place for our employees, clients and visitors, reflecting both our business values and our vision of the future. We’re all tremendously excited to be moving in.”
Waterfront House features a minimalist design, using various architectural techniques to create a strikingly bold yet simple effect, with clean frontage and lines. The front elevation is divided into simple elements, breaking down the large front elevation to create an intimate human scale and features cream-coloured textured bricks from local Leicestershire firm Ibstock to soften the modernist form of the building.
Located in a beautiful setting overlooking the lake in the landscaped south-east corner of Grove Park business park, the new office has, on the ground floor, meeting rooms and a welcoming café that opens on to a lakeside terrace plus a dramatic first-floor design studio.
James Nicholls, Managing Partner said,
“The way we operate as architects is really 100% about teamwork. At Waterfront House, we will have the advantage of a vibrant working space, somewhere where teams can be flexible, move around, have more opportunities to swap ideas and to work on different projects. We’ve seized the chance to create a collaborative working environment, similar to those we have created for our clients, in order to embrace the knowledge-based economy and the new digital age.”