National Highways Office – Wakefield

National Highways


Bowman Riley provided a full interior design service and construction package for National Highways on their new two-storey office building in Calder Park, Wakefield.

Positioned close to the motorway network, the new offices were created to provide their team with an exceptional environment that will support wellbeing and ultimately be a great place to work.

Calder Park is set across 240 acres of land and has detailed planning consent for 1.5 million sq ft of business space.

Conceived as a creative hub for National Highways colleagues, our brief was to create a working environment to stimulate creativity and collaboration.

A key aspiration was for the office to achieve WELL standards focusing on the health and wellbeing of the building users. We employed the key WELL elements of air, water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal control, sound, materials, mind and community from the very early stages of the project to achieve the best results.

We introduced Biophilic elements as part of the aspirations around WELL standards and people-centred design philosophy. We included cost-effective wall-mounted frames filled with faux ivy and trailing plants combined with real planting.

The office features a dramatic double-height reception space leading to a social space for colleagues and visitors. It also contains a dedicated media room, bleacher presentation space, breakout spaces, an innovation project hub, and meeting rooms. The office space has a central spine that includes quiet working rooms, small meeting spaces, acoustic booths, a soft seating area and collaborative working zones.

Using the signage and colours associated with National Highways and the roads that they build as inspiration for the interior, we introduced a chevron pattern as the base of the design for the office areas. The colour palette is bright to create an exciting and energetic workplace.

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