Inside The Plaza in Liverpool’s £3.7m renovation
Bruntwood Works teamed up with interior design company Phaus to transform the former Littlewoods’ office into a modern-day workplace that still has plenty of ‘60s flair.
The Plaza is the first Liverpool site for Bruntwood’s £200m Pioneer programme, which is geared to creating workspaces of the future. Each Pioneer building is designed with six things in mind: biophilia, sustainability, wellness, art, amenity and technology.
Phaus’s work brings those elements to life. There are living walls throughout The Plaza, which also boasts statement ceilings. One of those ceilings is a grid style, made out of a wool product.
Playing to the building’s 60s heritage, Phaus designed a geometric pink and orange carpet, made for The Plaza by Ege Carpets. Bold colours can be found throughout the building, as well as custom flying-saucer-like lights created by Phaus and Luke Artin.
There is a double-sided fire feature in the building’s lounge as well.
Coming in at 385,000 sq ft, The Plaza boasts not only offices but also audio zones, study spaces and a fitness studio. There is also space to store 142 bikes and 18 showers for those who commute in to work to freshen up.
The ground floor of The Plaza is focused on hospitality, with a Bold Street Coffee café that is already open. A restaurant Graffiti Spirits Group, as well as a bar, is due to open in the autumn.
Heather Allen, co-founder of Phaus, said she wanted to “create a real impact” with her company’s designs for The Plaza.
“Our vision was to design a building that’s known for its office space and also feel like a place that the public want to go, not just for work, but for socialising, relaxing and entertaining too,” she said.
“We’ve definitely given it a glam feel that we believe befits Liverpool and its personality as a city both in the 1960s and today.”
Ciara Keeling, chief executive of Bruntwood Works, praised Phaus’ work.
“The Plaza has always had an iconic presence on Liverpool’s skyline and this transformation has truly created a vibrant and individual destination in the heart of the commercial quarter,” Keeling said.
“The team from Phaus has really helped set a new standard for workspace, not just in the city but in the country.”
Bruntwood began its £3.7m renovation of the 18-storey building in December 2020. It purchased The Plaza in 2003 for approximately £24m. The Plaza is located at 100 Old Hall Street in Liverpool.
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