Space 48, Manchester

We at DV8 Designs have completed a 10-week project to develop a multifunctional office environment for award-winning ecommerce consultancy Space 48 in the heart of St Ann’s Square, Manchester.

We were tasked with a brief to create a space for the ecommerce consultancy, which offers its client’s ecommerce websites and strategy, and prides itself on retaining the very best ecommerce minds as well as attracting the next generation of talent.

The sharing of ideas and communication is integral to the functionality of Space 48, so we worked to create a collection of multi-zonal areas that accommodate a number of working styles, and meetings in both informal and formal settings. We wanted to create a finished product that was fit for purpose, as well as being aesthetically impressive. With this in mind Space 48 is now fully functional in terms of operational efficiency, & the new work environment truly reflects the company’s culture of leadership, learning and innovation. Examples of this include our ‘Innovation Room’, ‘Boardroom’, ‘Breakout space, ‘Bar & reception’, ‘Scrum area’.

A commercial brief like this allows us as designers to utilise their skills and expertise to influence and help to retain the employee brand culture in employee productivity. The client, whilst very clear with the original brief, was open to interpretation, allowing us to create something that we certainly hope will become a talking point from a design perspective. The elements of colour certainly make a statement, and the project now has a defined colour scheme separating the workspace and breakout areas. Each element was carefully considered based on research into staff productivity to ensure that the finished space not only looks striking, but also boasts a number of notable benefits for those working there, while future-proofing its growth plans.


Jon Woodall, Founder of Space 48, commented: “DV8 Designs is a design practice that listened first, immersed themselves in the brief then curated an honest and inspirational proposal. We chose to work with DV8 Designs because we know that they are big on ideas and understand the importance of functionality within the design, with employee experience in mind. Strategic in their approach, the team demonstrated operational understanding at every employee touch point with the result being a final office space that has gone far beyond simply ‘ticking the boxes’. Throughout the process, DV8 Designs has implemented the key links between brand, fit-out and environment, meaning that Space 48 reflects a creative environment that remains comfortable and helps us to retain the best talent in the ecommerce world whilst attracting new talent for the future.”


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