Human-centred approach to wellbeing

By creating a multi-layered and meaningful design for Central Employment we influenced the company in transforming it’s brand.


Wrapping around two sides of the ground floor at Portland House, Newcastle, the space had already been given a CAT-A fit out so required a re-imagining of the floor to bring this office to life.

Central Employment were residing in a terraced town-house in another area of the city and with small rooms and tight corridors – as well as poor support spaces the building failed on numerous levels to provide functionality a modern workforce requires.


The space at Portland, therefore, needed to give them everything the old building couldn’t – and then some!

We focussed on employee well-being, productivity and satisfaction, producing a design which aesthetically would stimulate and empower the workforce. We did this through biophilic design principles of introducing nature into the space through colour, form and function. 

To increase productivity and to also provide an environment for people to thrive in, we proposed open spaces, closed areas, snugs, lounges, meeting rooms and presentation areas to sit alongside more traditional spaces such as training rooms and breakout areas.

The fit-out delivered by Ultimate Commercial Interiors is nothing short of spectacular and the perfect example of well-considered design.