HOMELET meeting booth

HomeLet, are part of the Barbon Insurance Group. They are the market-leader in providing reference and rent guarantee solutions to the lettings industry.

Ian, Sian & Veronika started working with Michael Robinson, Head of  the Building Consultancy team at Gerald Eve LLP. in 2010. Together with Paul Gibson, MPS (Quantity surveyors,) and Dave Baker, DBD solutions, (M&E consultants).  they  assisted the HomeLet team, including Simon Boyes, Director / Head of business Change, Helen Lloyd, Head of Facilities and Mike Skinner, Project Co-ordinator, to relocate form their former 40,000 sq,ft HQ building, into new purpose built 25,000 sq.ft offices, close to their existing site.

 Westleigh Developments Ltd, commenced the,  ’Shell and core’, building in December 2011, and in September 2012 Overbury started the 9 week fit-out program which completed, snag free, on time and to budget.

The Overbury  team based in Manchester, included; Iain Starkey, Chris Adams and  Philip Thompson.

“Ian & Veronika. Just to say thank you both very much for all your patience, support, advice, kindness and professionalism.  We love it here. It is so beautiful for us all. Thanks.”

Helen Lloyd. Homelet, Head of Facilities.

The offices, have been designed to allow flexibility and encourage openness and create a ‘lively, friendly, homely’ working environment for the 330 staff.

The office areas have various different work ‘settings’ which allow staff to work flexibly and choose the most appropriate place to achieve their task in hand;

  • Long open benches make team working communications easy,
HOMELET long sales team bench

One of the long team benches in the Sales Team area

  • Desks behind semi-opaic screens create ‘quiet’ areas where more concentrated work can be undertaken,
HOMELET drop-in booths

Drop-in booths in the Sales Team area

  • Drop-in booths can be used for informal meetings and / or as a base for drop-in staff ,

Quiet study and a small meeting in the customer services team area

HOMELET team briefing area

The Customer Services Team briefing area

Aesthetically, the interior is designed to feel informal and domestic.  And although the clients brief was to use the corporate ID colour pallet, (deep blue and bright orange,) wherever possible. Ian and his team have introduced soft, natural textures and materials where ever practical. This use of finishes, along with the light weight timber structures, ( pergolas and booths, which are intended to separate the various team areas, and break up the large open plan areas) helps to create overall ambiance which is comfortable, welcoming yet stylish and contemporary.

  • Open meeting areas can be used for team briefings or chats without the need to move far from the main team areas
HOMELET chat bench
The ground floor IT, Admin. & Finance teams ‘chat bench’ meeting area
  • There are also small , private meeting / interview rooms, flexible conference rooms.

Flexible operable walls allow the meeting rooms to be opened into a large conference suite

  • There is a large staff restaurant and ‘chill-out’ / games/ media room
HOMELET staff cafe

The ground floor staff cafe

The ‘media room’ with easy seating for relaxed socialising, TV for video games and a pool table.

Ian and Veronika worked closely with Claire Padgham of   TheFurniture Practice, to select and procure all of the new furniture;  Desking was from Forma 5 , storage from Metal Office, workstation & meeting room seating from Orangebox and Arper, and easy / cafe seating primarily from  Allermuir and  Connection, the breakfast briefing benches and  seating by James Burleigh. The Bespoke furnishings including the pergolas & booths were made by Cathedral Joinery of Lincoln,  subcontracted by Overbury. The suspended screens were from Koziol and the operable walls by Creatif.

The cafe can be cleared for large staff briefings and / or parties
The project handed over exactly on program and within budget.

HomeLet took possession of their new building, now known as Hestia House, in December 2012. They transferred their operations smoothly and seamlessly to the new premises.  

Ian & Veronika, “I just thought I’d drop you a line with some feedback I had from a new agent prospect I showed around Hestia yesterday…
…They were so impressed with the set up and the lay out.  They particularly enjoyed the concept of the drop-in booths and break away areas and said there was a real buzz about the place, but it was clear that everyone was working hard and there was a focus too.  Lots of really happy smiley faces and a fantastic place to bring customers which have both gone a long, long way to getting a large, local business on board with us.”

Jake Robinson. HomeLet, Account Manager


Photography by;  Andy Smith, SG Photography  and  Clive Doyle Photography,  with some by Ian and Veronika