Summertown Interiors, the UAE’s leading fit out contractor specialising in sustainable interiors, said it has completed the refurbishment of LinkedIn’s Mena headquarters located in Business Central Tower, Dubai.
The revamp work on the 1,600-sq-m two-floor office was done in close collaboration with Dubai-based architectural and design consultancy SAY Studio, project management specialists CBRE Project Management and engineering consultancy firm Cundall.
On the project, Summertown Interiors said the refurbishment was a reflection of LinkedIn’s mission to “connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.”
The team brought this concept to life by creating a physical space that embraces a creative and welcoming hybrid working environment.
The fitout contractor said LinkedIn was aiming to attain both Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and WELL Health-Safety Rating Gold Certifications for the new sustainable interior project.
Marcos Bish, Managing Director, Summertown Interiors, said: "It was inspiring to work on such a dynamic and sustainable fit out project for LinkedIn, which was highly tailored to their people and future-focused business model."
"We are delighted that LinkedIn are aiming for both LEED and WELL Gold certified ratings for their new workspace; and hope the LinkedIn team enjoys their new workspace for years to come," he noted.
Some of the key highlights of the new sustainable workplace include collaborative working spaces; a multifunctional training room and dedicated media recording room; a welcoming café with a micro-kitchen co-working space; and a well-equipped mother’s room and social games room.
The result is a dynamic blend of workspaces that are welcoming and inspiring for LinkedIn’s employees, stated Bish.
"From desks turned into alternative settings to promote more flexible working styles to meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology to embrace hybrid work for a clear, collaborative experience, the design team prioritised creating a community of new experiences that helps to foster team collaboration and creativity," he explained.
Bish said a key challenge in delivering this complex workspace was to ensure all stakeholders were kept informed of the project’s progress throughout.
"Our transparent approach to regular progress reporting and clear communication ensured that the project met the high-end quality expectations of the client. We used our Matterport 3D scanning technology to keep all stakeholders connected, which also enabled LinkedIn’s European team to keep up to date with the refurbishment’s progress virtually," he added.
James Fee, LinkedIn EMEA Design + Build Lead said “Summertown were excellent to work with on our project - from the initial client set up through to opening for First Day of Business."
"They also worked hard to ensure a team first approach was established and maintained; I think this helped promote a unified approach to problem solving from start to end and helped us deliver the project in a short timeframe on site, actively dealing with many global stakeholders," he added.-TradeArabia News Service