Since inception in 2010, Lightsource has grown from a six-person start-up to Europe’s leading solar power company, with around 300 employees. They have deployed £2.2 billion into the development of solar assets, and manage a portfolio totalling 1.3GW, covering 7,500 acres. Their dedicated team of in-house solar experts manage everything in-house, from planning to development and installation, all the way through to 25 years of operation and maintenance of high-quality solar installations. With headquarters in London, Lightsource operations have expanded into five other offices across the globe.
Lightsource contacted Aspen Concepts regarding the expansion of their South West office in Central Bath.
With a growing portfolio of solar assets, the Lightsource team in the South West had seen a rapid increase in size, creating a need to move their office to a larger space.
The interior of the new space then had to be brought up to the standards required for a high-tech office environment.
Aspen Concepts were asked to design and implement the new office layout. The existing desks were reused, with more added to match, and electrical points and data cabling was installed for all computers and equipment. Bespoke storage units were created and installed, as was standards-compliant lighting, which provided a challenge in an unusually-shaped building.
The project not only covered the refurbishment of the office space and the manufacture of the bespoke storage units, but also included a new boardroom with a made-to-measure table and media facilities, an office reception and graphics, a new kitchen and social area, and even a refit of the toilets.
Managing all aspects of the redesign and refurbishment from start to finish gave Aspen Concepts complete control of the project’s timeline, enabling completion in just three weeks. Lightsource were able to work in their old office during the refurbishment, right up until 5pm on the Friday, and walked into their new offices the next Monday morning.
Aspen Concepts have been a great partner for this office expansion, they really listened to our requirements and have provided an office environment that actually works for us and how we operate as a team. The results speak for themselves. We are now working with them on our second phase of office expansion onto a second floor of our building.
Ben Vowles O&M Operations Manager, Lightsource