T2 are global tea specialists. But they represent so much more than tea.
They challenge the way things are done and have made it their mission to use brews to fuel discussion around diversity, inclusion and sustainability.
Sustainability was a crucial part of the design brief, so, as part of the build, many sustainable materials and resources were used, including the carpet featured in the work area which was made from recycled bottles!
The space presented some challenges due to the warehouse’s limited natural light, poor acoustics and high ceilings. To overcome this, a light well was added at the rear of the space, and the back of the building was demolished and rebuilt to make way for end-of-trip facilities. This included bike storage, to encourage staff to get to work in more eco-friendly, and enjoyable ways.
The design features an open office layout, with central areas for collaboration, surrounded by closed meeting rooms for group or quiet work. A staircase leads to the upper level that features a tea workshop, where new blends can be created and tested, and which also doubles as a space for team work.
T2’s reception immediately immerses guests in their brand, showcasing their product as the hero of the space. A large persian rug and combination of antique and new furniture creates a warm, eclectic and homely environment. They wanted their new space to celebrate them as a global brand, but to also celebrate who they are as a local business. A local graffiti artist was commissioned to create bespoke artwork throughout, and in meeting rooms, more local art pieces are proudly displayed.
The collaborative process between T2 and Unispace was tantamount to the success of the process with Kate Iles – Head of Store Design, T2 saying: “It was a fast-paced design and build for Unispace so, I think, under the pressure they performed really well. It’s a really great space to work in”
"The briefing process was amazing and so detailed, and really set the project up for success. I would recommend [Unispace] to anyone who wanted to design a workspace" - Kate Iles, Head of Store Design, T2