Tilney Shane to refine British Council interiors

The British CounciL has appointed interior design and architecture group Tilney Shane to create pilot interiors for offices at its central London headquarters. These may be rolled out through the entire building at Spring Gardens, central London.

Tilney Shane won the work following a pitch between five design groups, according to British Council head of architecture and design Emma Vergette. The contenders included the interiors group BDG McColl.

Its brief includes advising the British Council on the layout of its offices and storage systems, and on how best to implement “home-working” systems.

“Many employees are overseas a lot and there are always empty desks,” says Vergette.

“We are not using our office space economically. For example, we could consider desk-sharing schemes.”

The British Council’s 30-strong corporate finance department is the focus of the pilot scheme, which is scheduled for completion by the end of February. If successful, it will serve as a “best practice” strategy for the whole of the HQ building.

The refurbishment work will also enable the British Council to accommodate 100 staff who will relocate from its offices in London’s Portland Place when the lease expires in 2003.

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