The Swedish precision-engineering company hired originally hired Wylde IA following the acquisition of two former industrial units in Warwickshire - the brief being to transform them into a state-of-the-art UK headquarters. Seco has now tasked Wylde IA to redesign sites in Budapest, Hungary; Brno, Czech Republic; Bourges, France; Detroit, USA and Dusseldorf, Germany.
The original scheme included a new reception (complete with a bespoke staircase designed in partnership with a local artist), a technology and production centre, meeting, exhibition and auditorium suites, open plan office accommodation, café, break out areas and a gymnasium. As lead consultant, Wylde IA also designed external spaces, landscaping and the building’s façade.
Seco Tools (UK) managing director Richard Jelfs said: “The Team at Wylde IA delivered a truly outstanding environment. They enabled us to move from a large, cellular 1960s office block and manufacturing facility into a state-of-the-art office and technology centre. They have transformed two, rather dull, industrial steel sheds into the most amazing, agile and truly inspirational space. They have incredible attention to detail...and they’re great fun to work with! I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ll come up with for our sites around the world.”
Wylde IA director and project designer Maxine Bennett said: “We’re thrilled to have won this global contract. Our work with Seco Tools (UK) Ltd showcases perfectly what we, as a business, are all about – completely transforming workplaces into inspirational spaces. And to get this chance to roll out our concept worldwide is amazing.”