3M Loughborough 

Client: 3M United Kingdom Plc

Project Value: £2.5m

Contractor: Overbury / Derry Building Services

Area: 7560m²

Status: Completed

This project involved the design and delivery of new office and laboratory facilities for 3M’s Health Care Markets Division at Charnwood Campus, Loughborough, where HLN provided Architectural, Interior Design, Contract Administration, Structural Engineering and PD services.

3M’s primary aim was to relocate 210 office staff and 116 R+D laboratory staff from locations elsewhere in Loughborough and to bring these together in new facilities which provided improved work and collaboration spaces and environments for both employees and visitors.

The project was developed in two phases, the first focusing on the redesign and redevelopment of an existing office building at Charnwood Campus.  The office building already benefitted from a well-proportioned central atrium with a mix of open plan and cellular office space over three floors each side of the atrium.  Our design proposals for the project were to open up the floor plates at first and second floor to provide fully open plan office spaces with some cellular offices being re-purposed as small meeting rooms.  Within each of the four office wings we also incorporated central open plan kitchenettes and break out spaces which can used flexibly for breaks, informal meetings and collaboration.

Major redesign of the ground floor included a new suite of meeting rooms, a conference room and a new customer demonstration space to showcase and demonstrate 3M products to visitors.  A new reception space has been introduced into the atrium along with a new staff café area served by a bespoke coffee shop.  Immediately off the atrium is a new innovation and collaboration area where staff can meet informally together or with visitors or where visiting 3M employees can hot desk.

The redesign of the laboratory building involved the reorganisation of laboratory and write-up space proportions for the higher number of staff to be accommodated and to suit 3M’s differing laboratory needs.  The protocol for the use of the labs was also changed to control entry into laboratories through new lab gowning rooms to each floor.  Several new rooms specific to 3M functions were also introduced and new systems introduced to meet 3M laboratory centre of excellence standards.  New staff kitchenette spaces were  introduced, along with flexible breakout and collaboration areas for breaks, informal meetings and collaboration.