Specialist communications firm Scriba PR has upgraded its West Yorkshire premises by adding an additional 984 sqft of real estate – and completing a full fit-out of its Huddersfield HQ.
Following a steady stream of recruitment throughout 2021 – and with more new faces set to join in the coming weeks – the team had outgrown its existing space and needed additional room to carry out some of the more creative elements of its work.
Almost doubling its space overnight, B2B media outfit Scriba PR has extended its existing 1,200 sqft office within Heritage Exchange, Lindley, to encompass an adjacent suite in the loft of the historic mill – taking the footprint to 2,184 sqft.
Now leasing the entirety of the third-floor commercial offices on the eastern flank of the property, the extension features a large meeting area, dedicated ‘quiet room’ for solo work, and a relaxed breakout space for socialising and creative thinking.
The vision of Scriba founder and managing director Katie Mallinson, refurbishment work has been overseen by The Man Who Makes. Owned by local craftsman Steve McMann, the company also designed and built a range of bespoke furniture for the new office, including a bespoke meeting room table, stand up desk, shelving and storage, room divides, biophilic wall art, and corner worktops.
“Our team has grown rapidly since we last upsized our environment, in 2019,” explained Katie. “Post-pandemic, we quickly reached capacity in terms of both desk and meeting space – as well as wanting to recreate some of the more relaxed areas our colleagues had become accustomed to following 18 months of home-working.
“The nature of our business means we could be building a commercially-focused communications strategy one minute and creating some visually impactful social media content the next – and it’s important to have the right surroundings, allowing us to effectively work on each element of what we do. So, we spoke to Heritage about our dream, and they helped make it happen.”
“This extension of our footprint gives the entire team enough room to gather around a table, while also offering different zones for people to carry out the various parts of their role – after all, with 14 colleagues, and counting, everyone has a preferred way of working depending on the task at hand. Some prefer quiet, uninterrupted time, while others thrive in the bustle of a creative HQ – now, there truly is a place to work which suits everyone.”
Krystina Firth, manager of Heritage Exchange added: “It’s been a great pleasure to watch Scriba grow within our business centre. From Katie’s initial move into a two-person office in September 2014 to now occupying the full top floor of our Plover Road offices, we have loved working with the entire team to create beautiful interiors that complement the history of the building. Scriba has gone from strength to strength, which is testament to the hard work and ethos of Katie and her team – and we are proud to work alongside them.”
With a 13-strong team, Scriba PR is an award-winning B2B public relations firm specialising in niche, technical communications for clients based throughout the UK and overseas.