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Workplace Design employ Oblique to Microsoft's Advantage

Microsoft's ground breaking, global approach to the working environment - Workplace Advantage - is manifest in the company's new sales and marketing operation in Edinburgh where the embodiment of its principles and design philosophy employs VERCO Oblique systems furniture within a procurement and installation programme undertaken by London-based design consultancy Workplace Design.

The Michael Laird Architects-designed interior for the Microsoft Scotland Customer Centre at Waverley Gate offers over 12,000 sq ft of office accommodation across the top two floors of the building. It's quite something.


With stunning views across the city, the top floor afforded the most stimulating point of entry to the Centre and here Microsoft customer and sales partner-facing areas constitute presentation and boardroom suites, main reception and a breakout area with access to an extensive roof garden.


The floor below homes Microsoft Scotland's product and concept development areas. A series of functional, flexible spaces where product concepts are developed and demonstrated, it includes micro stage sets with changeable, illuminated backdrops and furniture settings.

This floor also includes a total of 56 Oblique workstations to accommodate the needs of the company's mobile workforce of over 90 staff.


The furniture, in Dove Grey with frosted Perspex screens, cable trays, and trip tool rails for PC monitor attaching, on stainless steel leg frames, is aligned to the building's north and south-facing window walls, while within it are located collaboration spaces including glazed meeting pods and well as open and informal meeting areas.

Private 'phone booth' and bench touchdown areas located at the east end provide the team with further workplace options and, combined with the 'spine' and the open plan areas, complete this hierarchy of workplace environments.

"This was an enormously satisfying project to fulfill from both a commercial and aesthetic perspective," reflects Workplace Deign director Andrew Sapio.

"Microsoft has a clear vision of the workplace according with the very best thinking on the topic and its strategy for engaging employees, customers and sales partners sets the pace in workplace design."

"Furniture inevitably has played a major role in helping shape the client's aspirations for Waverley Gate into a reality and Oblique is a prominent component in our solution."



Issued June 2009 on behalf of VERCO Office Furniture Ltd by

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