Orbit design director Simon Drogemuller says this involved providing a host of functions from research laboratories to training rooms and offices.
"These were to house an army of engineers, researchers and scientists who develop beauty, hair and skin products," he says.
But instead of splitting these functions into separate wings, lab and office space was allocated to each floor. The lab areas were internalised in the building core, while the open-plan work areas were placed around the perimeter.
"This open and flexible plan contributed to the innovative thrust by encouraging creative collaboration among P&G staff," says Drogemuller.
The biggest challenge in creating this open workspace was taking standard workstations and customising them to meet specific requirements. For example, much time was spent designing the partitioning between the labs and workspaces. These needed to provide storage for products and be very durable, yet still allow maximum connection and visibility between the areas.
For P&G, the centre presented an opportunity to demonstrate that the company is at the leading edge of modern office workplace strategy.
"As well as having open workspaces, the desks are not assigned," says Drogemuller. "Staff have lockers where they can store personal items, but they don't have a fixed workstation. When they arrive, they log in, choose a desk and the phone system automatically connects them to that workspace."