The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) was founded by William Morris in 1877 in response to the work of Victorian architects whose enthusiasm for harmful restoration caused irreparable damage.
Today the SPAB encourages excellence in new design to enrich and complement the built historic environment. They train new generations of architectural professionals and building craftspeople to shape this landscape with sensitivity and skill and also play a statutory role as adviser to local planning authorities.
The SPAB have their London office in the historic Spitalfields area of the city. They have a large team based at the London office many of whom are part-time. There are also many volunteers who work at the building and researchers who need space when using the SPAB archive.
The SPAB asked Workplace Change Ltd. to review the London office with particular reference to the following:
- Workplace strategy
- Improving facilities for visitors, researchers, homeworkers, volunteers and part-time staff
- Furniture, artwork and equipment (including bequest items which are of historical interest)
- Storage and document retention
- Managing change in the workplace
Workplace Change Ltd. Key Activities
- Produce detailed inventory of all furniture, artwork and equipment so that retention decisions can be made
- Review and audit storage with all teams to understand their real storage needs, concerns and current issues; produce storage audit document
- Visit and review off-site archive facility in Lincolnshire
- Manage collection, review, retention and disposal of files held by retired homeworker
- Interview key personnel and lead workplace review workshops with mixed discipline teams
- Review space usage options in relation to existing tenant in part of the building and in relation to the organisation’s aspirations identified in interviews and workshops
- Produce workplace review report to include an overview of findings and recommendations for change
Lead workplace consultant: Julia Kitchen, Workplace Change Ltd. email@example.com