Spaceway, design and build industrial construction specialists, has completed the stunning office transformation for Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Head Office in Southampton, sailing in on time and to budget.
The completed project has brought together a number of brands which sit under its parent company Norwegian Cruise Lines, including; Prestige Cruises, American Cruise Lines and Regency Seven Seas. The 600 strong team is now housed together at Mountbatten House, Grosvenor Square, confirming Southampton’s position as the leading cruise port in Northern Europe.
The interior of the office has been designed with a nautical theme in mind, with subtle hints, ebbing and flowing throughout the building. Speaking about the project Dominic O’Brien, Director at Spaceway, said: “Our client had a very clear vision on how its new office should look. We worked closely with the client and its chosen designer to ensure its vision became a reality. Once inside, you instantly get the feel of being onboard one of the luxury cruise liners. The level and attention to detail in the office is strikingly obvious, without being overwhelming.”
Spaceway installed a feature glass partitioning system, manufactured with stainless and frameless glass to ensure no joints were visible and complements the sleek look of the office. Dominic added: “As you walk through the corridors past the glass and curved walls, you could be mistaken for thinking you are on one of the ships walk ways.
“The nature of having too much glass in a building can often create a sterile effect, to counteract this, we designed special transfers for the glass which adds to the uniqueness of the office.”
The office comprises of a combination of executive suites, meeting rooms, conference rooms, kitchen and 600 open plan desks. The conference centre can accommodate up to 30 people and has a partitioning door to allow the space to be sectioned into two smaller areas. Boat shaped tables take centre stage and the trophy cabinets are home to a selection of model cruise liners.
The installation was completed on a fast track programme, Dominic said: “Once the designs were in place it was all hands to the deck. When we arrived on site, the building was one large empty box. Spaceway supplied and delivered all the materials to site, our foreman ran the project with precision and the team worked day and night to ensure the project ran to the very tight schedule.
“We are delighted with the end result, the collaboration between Spaceway, the client and designer made this project a real success.”