PENSON was approached to help reinvent the way Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays’ operate internally as part of moving into a new 110,000 sq.ft. HQ at Gatwick Airport. PENSON delivered a workplace design that’s inspirational and distinctive; a space where people feel alive, inclusive and ready to perform with flying colours.
'The VHQ marks a new era for Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays - together with PENSON and Parkeray we developed an innovative open plan office which embodies the Virgin flair and provides flexibility for our employees and for our business as we look to the future.'
We created a workplace interior design that’s dynamic, open-plan and community-centric. It brings the two businesses together under one roof for the first time. We’ve increased intermingling, movement, interaction and collaboration by 30% - simply by installing a bright red feature staircase in the centre of the building.
Climbing to 44 ft., the staircase creates a beating heart right through the centre of the building and a vertical connection to join all floors and departments. We then simply placed social areas, tea points and breakout seating around each open staircase entrance to encourage people to chit-chat.
VHQ sets the precedent of future operational strategies and staff-centric design – with the open plan build a new culture and experience transformation for Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holiday’s staff.
25% increased headcount