Henry Boot occupiers the top three floors of its new Sheffield city centre base. Credit: via Citypress

GALLERY | Henry Boot completes Sheffield move

The Isaacs Building in the Heart of the City development now houses the property group’s 12,800 sq ft headquarters in a space designed by Incognito and fitted out by ADT Workplace.

Henry Boot, which has now disposed of its long-term former base at Banner Cross Hall, has taken the top three floors of the Isaacs Building.

More than 90 people from across the group’s businesses will be based at Isaacs. The group includes development arm HBD, Hallam Land Management, Stonebridge Homes, Banner Plant, Road Link (A69) and Henry Boot Construction.

Design studio Incognito developed a detailed concept design brief for the building after conducting an in-depth workplace consultancy process, including stakeholder engagement, tours and additional design workshops.

Fit-out was subsequently completed by ADT Workplace, which also supported the design process with project tours and additional design workshops to inform the fit-out stage.

Henry Boot said that those based at Isaacs will benefit from a wellbeing-focused approach, with collaboration zones, breakfast bars, cycle storage, changing facilities, shower rooms and surrounding complementary retail and leisure facilities in the city centre.

The move will also play a significant role in the company’s aim to reduce its carbon footprint and support its goal of being net zero carbon by 2030, with an expected carbon emission reduction of 79% compared to Banner Cross Hall.

Since 2019, Henry Boot has reduced both its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 12% and reduced its gas and electricity usage by 37% and 9% respectively. An ambition to accelerate reductions in energy use and emissions was a material factor behind the move, the firm said.

The seven-storey Isaacs Building is rated as BREEAM Very Good and has been connected to Sheffield’s District Energy Network, providing low-cost, sustainable energy.

Tim Roberts, chief executive of Henry Boot, said: “As a business with over 137 years of history, we understand the importance of the need to adapt and evolve in order to progress and succeed. Our relocation epitomises this forward-thinking approach, marking a major investment in our people and reaffirming our commitment to minimising the environmental impact of our operations.

“We’re excited to have a new home that will help us to work towards our goals to achieve net zero by 2030, and empower our people to be happier, healthier and more successful in their work.”

The building sits within Sheffield’s Heart of the City development, which will create 1.5m sq ft of new individually designed and repurposed buildings surrounded by enlivened streets and public spaces, including a new urban park for the city, as well as enhanced transport connectivity.

The new location also takes the firm back to its roots, bringing it closer to its original headquarters on Moore Street. The Isaacs Building, situated on Charles Street, around half a mile from Moore Street, was built between 1904-05 by paperhanging merchant David Isaacs and has recently been refurbished and extended to provide over 38,375 sq ft of workspace.

Howard Powsney, director at Incognito said: “From the outset we were fully engaged with Henry Boot, which significantly helped shape and develop this game-changing workspace. We are incredibly proud of the new HQ and its ability to connect colleagues and clients through a variety of work and social settings.”

George Tilbury, project director at ADT said: “We were delighted to partner with Henry Boot to help create its new workplace in the Isaacs Building and have loved working with the team to bring the design to life over recent weeks.  We’re excited to see what the future holds as the team settles into their new home.”

In a recent Place North West roundtable, HBD director Lee Treanor talked about the Isaacs Building move in the context of future-proofing the workplace. You can view highlights of the session here.

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