Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR) is one of the three examination boards owned by Cambridge Assessment, which itself is a division of Cambridge University. It is one of the bodies responsible for the execution of GCSE, A level and vocational qualifications in the UK
Historically Cambridge Assessment’s working environment has been very traditionally based on individual workstations and bookable meeting rooms. They wanted to investigate new ways of working to ensure their staff were given the best possible environment in which to work, so created a pilot ‘agile working space’ in Coventry.
Charlotte Bosworth, Director of Skills & Employment at OCR: “We wanted to offer the chance to work differently, to create a place that felt like a merge of work and home. The space was designed to inspire creativity and to support our business moving forward,” she says.
“The Creative Space pilot is very much driven by our staff. We knew that we had to work with a furniture supplier who understood our goals for this project and in the long-term. We visited Kinnarps London showroom where we were able to see how they had brought agile working to life in their own work practices. They immediately grasped what it was we were looking for. They showed us a variety of furniture styles which we were not so familiar with and explained how they could support our thinking. Their design team presented a number of exciting options and we worked together in a true partnership to come to the final proposal.”