The BDP designed, London headquarters for software developer Metaswitch, a Microsoft company, has officially been completed.
Architects from our Birmingham studio designed the 55,800 sq ft, BREEAM Excellent rated building in the London borough of Enfield. It provides a five-storey modern workspace for cutting edge software development including a rooftop conference centre, full-height atrium, collaboration workspaces, quiet rooms and a basement car park with charging points for electric cars and bicycles. The office, which will serve up to 500 people, is designed with energy-saving measures that will help Metaswitch meet its environmental sustainability targets.
“The wellbeing, health, and happiness of our employees is our priority, especially during these challenging times,” said Martin Lund, CEO of Metaswitch. “While we are working from home for now to protect our employees, customers, partners and their families, we look forward to the time when it is safe to welcome our team to a new workplace that is designed to nurture the creativity, productivity, and care that they contribute every day. As a key employer of highly skilled software engineers, Metaswitch will continue to support our local Enfield community as we grow our business.”
Michael Duff, project architect, added: “Metaswitch’s new HQ in Enfield is a world-class workplace, designed to encourage collaboration and to reflect the modern standards of office design in London.
The building exudes innovation and teamwork - from the vibrant façade to the multi-storey atrium through to the open-plan workspace and flexible amenity areas. We are very proud of the building and are delighted to be able to bring this vision for a state-of-the-art workplace to life.”
Metaswitch’s main offices have been in Enfield since the company was founded 40 years ago. Local authority Enfield Council supported its plans for expansion by identifying a prime location for the new premises. In a first for Enfield Council, the local authority is both the funder and the landlord for the project, leasing the commercial property to Metaswitch. Income generated from the lease will be put back into funding and enhancing local services.
Enfield Council’s Leader, Councillor Nesil Caliskan, said: “Metaswitch is a valued, long-time employer providing highly skilled jobs in the Borough of Enfield. We are delighted the company decided to remain and expand in Enfield as a vital contributor to our community and build its new global headquarters in our town centre. This development complements the council’s support for employment at a challenging time for our town centres and the local economy.”
Gerard Ludlow, Director at Stoford, added: “This prestigious project is a great example of the private and public sector working together to deliver a first-class regeneration scheme in Enfield. We’re proud to have played our role in bringing forward this high-profile development for a key employer in this town.”