Mergers invariably spark changes that may include relocation along with a close study of work practices and requirements.
Such was the case when Norwegian firm Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a company involved in a wide variety of international risk assessment and advisory roles across a range of industries, merged with German-based Germanischer Lloyd, to become DNV GL.
With the need to relocate to a new seven-storey office tower in Singapore, the expanded company's fit-out had to combine several elements, including a green agenda and a strong sense of coming together. When interior design company Aedas Interiors came to the DNV GL Technology Centre project, the client's goal was to achieve a workplace that would reflect the firm's proud heritage, its diverse businesses, and its sense of unity as a global company, says project designer Steven Shaw.
"Aedas Interiors spent several weeks with the different business groups and the leadership team to understand what this meant and how it could be applied to the new building, which had to bring together several business groups previously spread across a number buildings.
"During this period, it became clear to the design team that a key part of the company's social culture was the morning arrival process," says Shaw.
"However, this communal moment' could have been lost in the new building as staff would be able to move directly from the internal carparks on levels two and three directly to their own floor bypassing the fifth-floor reception."