Family-owned Richard Crookes Constructions gets a homely workspace

Family-owned Richard Crookes Constructions gets a homely workspace
Family-owned Richard Crookes Constructions gets a homely workspace

Informal, family-like and professional are words that would describe the new offices of Richard Crookes Constructions in Sydney’s Gore Hill, which has been designed by architectural design firm, Futurespace.

The new workplace spans 2,300 sqm over one floor and caters for more than 140 staff.

Design director of Futurespace, Gavin Harris, said that Richard Crookes’ family-based culture is able to thrive in the new space that has an informal vibe to it where employees can socialise, eat together and collaborate.

“So often our work colleagues become close friends who feel like family and it’s no wonder when you’re spending more than 40 hours a week with the same people. It makes sense to create a more comfortable workplace that feels like home,” said Harris.

“Before we started designing the office, we asked the employees to choose words that would best describe what they wanted in a new workplace. They came back with ‘home’, ‘high tech’ and ‘flexible’, so this has been the focus and outcome of the new office.”

Family-owned Richard Crookes Constructions gets a homely workspace

The choice of materials was less about “aesthetic and more about creating an experience” aligned with the objectives of the project, he added.

“We used textured weaves, raw timber, patina metals and naturally aged materials to reflect the core of the company’s operation in construction. The colours we used further reveal the truth of the company with references to cement, terracotta, steel and timber.”

Family-owned Richard Crookes Constructions gets a homely workspace

Managing director of Richard Crookes Constructions, Jamie Crookes, said the new office space was a total overhaul from its previous, ad-hoc space. 

The office has been designed to “create a home for our employees, creating a domestic feel that promotes collaboration and productivity for our growing team,” he said.

“There has been noticeable shift in the way our teams having been working together since the move.  The high-tech element and collaborative nature of the workplace also fosters innovation, producing better outcomes for projects and clients.”

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