Following the major redevelopment of the building at One Great Cumberland Place, AHMM were engaged by the client, Portman Estate, and community-driven co-working operators, X+Why, to design the fit-out for a flagship co-working offering which spans the second, third and eight floors. The brief called for a dynamic approach to contemporary workspaces that caters to diverse tenancies, from small-scale offices to expansive enterprise units. Each floor is meticulously curated to provide flexible and adaptive work environments, fostering collaboration and innovation.

The lower floors house cellular offices with generous breakout spaces, blurring the lines between workplace and hospitality. The second floor features smaller tenancies with views of John Nash’s Marble Arch and Hyde Park, while the third floor accommodates larger enterprise units with dedicated meeting spaces. The eighth floor boasts a rooftop members’ club named ‘The Orchard’, offering sophisticated space for socializing and events with panoramic views alongside a varied suite of meeting rooms.

The fit-out aligns with the evolving trend of workplaces embracing a hospitality-like atmosphere, blurring the boundaries between work and leisure. It reflects the rising prominence of co-working and addresses the demand for adaptable, community-centric spaces. The project involved comprehensive tasks, including the procurement of furniture and the intricate detailing of sustainable materials.

Westminster, London
The Portman Estate and X+Why
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Project manager
Buro Four
Galliford Try
Norman Disney Young and Skanska
Gardiner & Theobald