Peer 1 Hosting – Is this the best office in Britain?

This office may be the most fun in Britain as it comes kitted out with a giant helter-skelter slide, a tree house and even a pub.


This office may be the most fun in Britain as it comes kitted out with a giant helter-skelter slide, a tree house and even a pub.

It also boasts a pool table, a putting green, a giant swing, a cinema, and there’s even a place where putting your feet up is an office rule.

Office designers Space & Solutions were tasked with turning a former pub in Southampton, Hants, into the home for IT company, Peer 1 Hosting.

Their design brief was to transform the 17,000 square ft office into “the best place in the UK to work”. Lead designer Sarah O’Callaghan said fun and play was at the heart of the vision. She said: “It is a very young and forward thinking company. The whole space has been designed with the help of the staff. There was a huge consultation process that has been amalgamated into what we see here. I think there are times when people use their initiative a hell of a lot more because of their environment. If you don’t feel comfortable sitting at a desk you can sit on a picnic bench. The reality is that you can do your work from anywhere.”

And when hopeful jobseekers turn up for an interview, they may have to throw themselves down the giant slide to show they buy into the culture.

Mrs O’Callaghan added: “People use it all the time. It is not just for staff, it is for clients too. It is also part of the interview process. If they don’t go down it, they are not buying into the culture of the business.”

The unique new office is fittingly situated on the end of a pier.

Dominic Monkhouse, managing director at Peer 1 Hosting, said anyone could use the facilities whenever they like. “We are trusting. Everyone is a peer rather than a parent and child relationship.”

But while mucking around on a slide may seem like skiving off, the company believes it actually boosts productivity.

He added: “People tend to go through highs and lows throughout the day, but if you do something different for a few minutes, your performance goes up.”

As well as laying on fun activities, the office has plenty of places for staff to have a quiet moment when work gets on top of them. This includes a coffee bar, a chill out space, log cabins and a local pub called The Sherlock Arms, named after company founder CEO, Gary Sherlock.

The office also comes with two flats to host overseas guests, an outdoor terrace and an inside garden, complete with a 15ft tree and picnic benches.

Humour is also a key factor in the office as it features a “C**k Up of the Month” board.

repost of coverage in the Daily Telegraph

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