With the short term lease on their offices on Hanover Street coming to an end and having secured space within Portman House, Orms were appointed to work closely with an International Ship Management Company to help relocate them. The company differs from many of its competitors as it offers a complete package of management services, from the building and purchase of a vessel through to crewing, operating, maintenance, repair, insurance, legal services, supply and assisting the owners in finding employment for their vessels.
The project comprised the space planning, design and implementation of a high quality office fit-out which expresses the 60 year heritage of the company and its continuing aspiration to support its fleet and its customers through service excellence.
The design principle is to create openness and transparency with clear sight lines across the whole office space. The nature and heritage of the company is expressed in the key areas of the lift lobby, the meet and greet space, meeting rooms, atrium and the corridor link to the main office. The spaces accommodate model ship displays and a curved wall, representing a ship’s hull.
The high quality finishes include site sprayed GRP panelling, coloured Valchromat in the meeting rooms with feature brass detailing, set against white oak timber and carpeted floors. The open office space is lined with acoustic ceilings to mitigate sound interference and teams are defined by models of the company’s ships. Nautical references are made throughout the space and include a ship’s hull, brass detailing, porthole windows, port and starboard colour references and ‘rope’ inspired manifestation graphics.