Brief: To provide an extensive upgrade and refurbishment to the existing main administration area in Boston Scientific, Cork. The design brief acknowledges changed requirements in Boston Scientific Global Design Standards but also considers outcomes of significant space utilisation studies and surveys carried out by Butler Cammoranesi architects during the early stages of the project.

The main design drivers were:
• To maximise employee engagement through collaborative design processes, early engagement in brief formulation and feedback collection
• Implement activity-based work settings through variety of spaces for individual work, focus and collaboration
• Support flexible working practices with hot desks, touch down areas and individual storage space
• Improve access to natural daylight to maximize well-being and productivity. Improve views of nature and external environments where possible
• Provide a range of acoustic environments to ensure quiet places but also spaces where spontaneous interactions can happen without disturbing others
• Design for change: flexibility built in furnishing and servicing strategies to allow for technological and organisational change.
The refurbishment area is approximately 850sqm and includes workstations for 88 staff members in an open plan arrangement, seven private offices, five meeting rooms of various sizes, phone rooms, support rooms and break-out areas.

Architect: Butler Cammoranesi Architects
Contractor: John Sisk & Son
Quantity Surveyor:
Michael Barrett Partnership
EDC – Engineering Design Consultants


Denise Maguire   Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine & Plan Magazine


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