Agilité Completes Four-Month Office Fit-Out For Booking.com
Having first been appointed by travel giant Booking.com over 5 months ago, it gives us great pleasure to announce that the carefully coordinated fit-out of their new 6000m² office, is now complete.
When the Agilité team learned of Project Delta – a scheme to relocate Booking.com’s ever-growing European workforce – we couldn’t wait to demonstrate the value we could add to this high-profile construction brief.
We were tasked with transforming a three-storey building in Tourcoing-Roubaix, from a Cat A to Cat B space that would welcome 800 Booking.com customer service colleagues. And in the weeks and months that followed, we’ve done just that!
The vibrant environment in Northern France now boasts a series of open plan offices, collaborative workshop spaces, training rooms, private one-to-one meeting hubs, plus larger conference-suites equipped with state-of-the-art AV and IT equipment. With employee wellbeing a key priority, the brief also included the creation of zen and chill out rooms, as well as games zones to encourage the blend of work and play. All have been meticulously space-planned and tastefully designed so that every area now provides a talking point. A top-of-the range kitchen also caters for the busy team.
Commenting on the fit-out completion, Agilité’s project manager Cormac O’Sullivan said:
“This was a dream project for us as soon as we heard about the scope of works, so it was never going to be a regular relationship between general contractor and client.”
“That approach isn’t in our DNA anyway – we always try to foster collaboration.”“We’ve worked hard to hand-pick the industry’s very best pan-European talent to join the Agilité team, which means clients such as Booking.com benefit from partnering with some of the sector’s most experienced and creative professionals. I think this diverse knowledge and our strong local presence meant we were well-placed to deliver and adapt to the complexities of the project and the high-quality execution stipulated in the brief.”
To accommodate the global spread of Booking.com’s decision-making team, 360° virtual walkthroughs were established weekly so that key stakeholders could watch the fit-out unfolding remotely.
“This savvy use of technology kept the client in the loop while saving precious time and money that is often spent visiting a site in person,” continued Cormac.
When asked about his favourite part of the project, it’s difficult to pick a stand-out element, he concluded.
“The striking, angular exterior of this easily-accessible development meant that we wanted to create an internal environment as eye-catching as the building itself. We thought carefully about every floor covering, wall graphic, the use of glazing and light, furniture that is functional and furniture that captures attention, the role that aesthetics play in stimulating productivity, and so much more.
“It’s therefore really hard to choose our favourite aspect,” Cormac said. “I suppose one of the things we’re most proud of, is the fact that we’ve helped to rejuvenate an iconic building at the epicentre of an established textiles and manufacturing hub, and we’ve sourced suppliers locally to maximise the benefits to the local community. It’s something we try to prioritise as much as possible, on every scheme that we undertake.”
To read more about this project and to view a library of images from the fit out, please visit https://www.agilitesolutions.com/project/booking-dot-com/
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