Woodhead has completed the interior fitout for the Standard Chartered Banks’ new Changi Business Park premises as part of a company-wide workplace refresh. Standard Chartered @ Changi houses over 2000 non front-line employees in human resources, technology and trade operations.

Following an extensive stakeholder and design development process, Woodhead has achieved a new design standard for Standard Chartered, widely acclaimed in terms of sensitivity to internal branding, space planning principles, design principles and addressing agile work practices.

The interior design principles reflect Standard Chartered’s own brand and its diverse and inclusive culture by creating workplace environments which enhance communication within and across business units and compel opportunistic meetings. Robust and flexible planning in the configuration of workspaces enhances teamwork and communication, whilst balancing the need for privacy. The space planning is designed against a modular grid enabling ease of reconfiguration, churn and minimal construction wastage.

The workplace design incorporates a 30% increase in communal space, hot-desk system for a mobile workforce, a Learning Centre featuring seven bespoke training rooms, recreational lounge, staff cafeteria and in-house café, open plan staff kitchens, sensor lights / timer, and lighting control master settings in meeting rooms to conserve energy.

‘Interchange Hubs’ act as alternative work zones with wireless connectivity to support informal working, collaborative/chance interactions across departments and encourages a sense of open culture.

Floors are themed Asia, Middle East and Africa in line with the geographic areas of the bank’s operations. Colours and environmental graphics express these themes and communicate the international, diverse culture of the bank.