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We need your vote for the workplace design award

EKM’s brand new offices have been shortlisted for a design award – and now we need your votes!

Our £3.5m development, officially opened with a family fun day and this July we have made the final shortlist of the Inspired Spaces North initiative. The competition has been designed to celebrate “truly outstanding workplaces” and a panel of judges selected our Preston home as a strong contender for the best in the area. Now it’s up to the general public to decide. You can see our video entry below. You can cast your vote by clicking here.

Company founder Antony Chesworth says: “Given the heartache, time and money that has been invested into the office, it’s great to see it shortlisted – and it means a lot that other people love it just as much as the EKM team does!” Antony first purchased the site of the new office back in 2013 before orchestrating a major overhaul of the building.

Today, as well as workspaces across three levels, the EKM offices also include a beautiful LED-lit reception area, an expansive new kitchen and dining area, a high-tech auditorium that can be used by local businesses, and plans for a gym. There’s also an eye-catching meeting room inside an original Airstream caravan and a giant slide which runs from the top floor to the dining area.

EKM worked with Sharon Snape of Altitude Interiors, who assisted with design. She said: “The brief was to make this the coolest workplace in Lancashire, and I think we’ve achieved that. “We’ve gone for an individual look in each of the areas. There’s a woodland theme downstairs and a more industrial look, with exposed lighting and trunking upstairs.”

EKM currently employs a team of 85, but the Preston offices have the capacity for 250, demonstrating the company’s ambitious growth plans. Antony says he hopes EKM will one day be recognised as a world-class tech company, and the office design takes inspiration from some of the world’s leading brands. He added: “There are offices that have become world-famous for having funky breakout areas, though the workspaces are still fairly basic. We have built on that idea and made the whole building a cool place to be all day long. If a team member wants a change of environment, they are able to move to another of the themed zones.”

Following the public vote, the Top 10 Inspired Spaces in the North will be announced at a celebration party in November. Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital & Centric, who sat on the judging panel, said: “The scope and quality of many of the entries for this year’s Inspired Spaces North was brilliant, which made for an engaging judging session. “There were some super stand-out submissions for me though, which weren’t just about quirky add-ons in office spaces, but more about functionality, productivity and really cool design.”


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