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LUSH Design Office

Spaces To Work 

Spaces to work should spark ideas, boost productivity and promote wellbeing. After all, we spend a third of our lives at work. Ask us for help with anything from new workspaces to refurbishments, extensions to alterations. At Footprint Architects, we design workspaces that meet the needs of today so teams can focus on creating a better tomorrow.
Applying our expertise helps us create spaces where employees feel good and do good. And, most importantly for employers, it means staff want to stay. 

Buildings that boost brands

Our clients have a wide variety of ambitions, from attracting customers to reducing stress of staff. We’ll work with you to answer important questions like ‘how can we incorporate technology?’ or ‘what can we do to encourage people to work together within these four walls?’

By creating brilliant spaces to work, we also help businesses create or boost their brand, so their surroundings match what they’re all about.


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Specialist experience

  • Refurbished and repurposed offices

  • Mixed-use workspaces

  • Retail spaces

  • Interior design and fit-out

  • Wellness and social spaces

  • Brand alignment


Our Projects


News and Insights


7 Reasons Why Good Office Design Matters

Our experience on workplace projects means we have understood what works for good office design. We understand what employees enjoy, how alertness and motivation can be maintained, the importance of mental and physical health in the workplace, and more. We’ve written a short guide covering those topics. Please feel free to download it and make the most of our tips!


Frequently Asked Questions


How much will my project cost?

This is dependent on many varying factors, including whether you are extending, renovating, converting or building a new home. There are also a number of different elements that will effect the outcome of cost, including varying site conditions, the age and existing condition of your property, history of the site, and more. It is common to quote square metre rates and whilst this is a good starting point, the overall project spend has to consider:

  • the specification of interior finishes and fixtures, which could double the cost of your project from a house of standard specification
  • abnormal site conditions – ground conditions, site access, drainage, tree roots etc.
  • legal and professional fees (including the cost of borrowing) and surveys
  • renewable energy investment
We have a wealth of experience from our varied projects completed over the last 10 years, so please feel free to contact us and we will be able to help you build a picture of the likely cost for your project. There are also some great online resources and we’d recommend visiting the Home Building and Renovating website, which is a great place to start.

How do I get planning permission?

We have a 100% approval rate of planning applications in Dorset and Hampshire and have built great relationships with the planning officers as a result. Our great record of successful applications means we understand how to approach the process, but as with every project, the process differs from scheme to scheme. If you would like to know more about the planning process, we have put together a brief guide for you. You can download this above, or follow the link below.

Why do I need an architect?

An architect can see potential in every project where others may not. We pride ourselves on identifying small details that will make a difference to your project, and on getting planning permission first time around.

Do you work with listed buildings and projects in conservation areas and national parks?

Yes! As we mentioned above, we have a very successful planning approval rate, including success in the green belt and the New Forest National Park. We were also awarded the Winner of the New Forest National Park Building Design Awards 2019 for Best Conservation to a listed farm house.


What scale of projects have you experience working on?

Footprint have proven experience and have been working with clients in the education sector ranging from £150,000 extensions to single primary schools, CIF bids and works for academies, masterplanning for multi academy trust, new SEN school provision, school expansion projects for councils up to circa £6m, refurbishing department areas in FE as well as multi million pound new build projects in a Technical Advisor capacity within London. We love to engage with staff and pupils and are currently delivering an ‘emerging technologies’ teaching unit over 3 terms for a school in London.

Do you have experience with SEN and alternative provision schools?

Yes, we currently have a live ESFA funded alternative provision school due to for completion in Summer 2019. We have completed a bespoke autism specific learning environment for post 16 pupils with Asperger’s Syndrome / Higher Functioning Autism, a replacement classroom building for supporting young people with a comprehensive range of special education needs and disabilities, and a 60 place primary school campus designed to cater for children with autism spectrum conditions (ASC).

Have you worked with the council in our area before?

We have worked with a variety of stakeholders and councils on some of our community and education projects. These include Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Poole, Wiltshire, as well as some boroughs within London.


What can you do to improve my existing office space?

The best office design layouts create a sense of collaboration and creativity by designing in large, open plan spaces. Don’t create a physical barrier with desks or partitions but remember everyone is unique and works differently, so its important to design an office that allows multiple working styles. Please view our workplace/office projects for more information and be sure to read our blog about how you can achieve great office design, here. Also, please do get in touch to discuss your project!

Is colour choice important in an office?

Colour is such an easy and inexpensive way to transform a space. Paint the walls, add come coloured chairs and some contemporary desks. Yellow makes us feel optimistic and is a great choice for high energy, creative spaces although too much can make you feel angry. Red boosts heart rate and can keep night workers alert whereas green promotes harmony whilst boosting creativity. Blue is calming and encourages a sense of trust, communication and efficiency. You can view how colours have a positive impact on a space on our recent LUSH office refurbishment project, here.


The People We Work With


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  • LUSH 

  • Bobby & Co.

  • Tank Museum 

  • Venaspace

  • BV Dairy

  • Verve Properties

  • Greendale Construction

  • Kiwi Construction