NEX Group, formerly ICAP, is a UK-based financial technology company focused on today’s rapidly expanding post-trade and electronic markets business sector. TPG was awarded the opportunity to support a major consolidation and relocation of their various New York offices into a single North American headquarters central to their local client base at Midtown Manhattan’s iconic Times Square. We designed two contiguous floors at the newly-renovated 4 Times Square Building accommodating approximately 600 employees and covering nearly 83,000 square feet.
Our close trans-Atlantic collaboration with the client in London helped to create a design that would embody NEX’s new and evolving brand identity. Technology was a driving factor for this workplace design, responding to both the aspirations of NEX’s tech-driven culture and the functionality of their business. An integrated multi-media wall in the lobby welcomes visitors with moving imagery. Flexible conference rooms feature switchable glass to provide instant confidentiality when needed. Connectivity is extended to amenity spaces to create agile working opportunities. Collaboration spaces are equipped with smartboards to allow for impromptu huddles. Modular planning, high-quality demountable and moveable partitioning, raised flooring, and complex pre-wiring provide future flexibility for a vigorous office environment with an emphasis on openness and dramatic 360-degree panoramic views for all.
The various business units are joined through shared reception and conferencing facilities, café and refresh zones, as well as a marketing lab—all designed to Nex’s corporate branding standards. This “office of the future” reflects an emphasis on team-building and collaboration, championed by NEX’s progressive-minded leadership. The project achieved LEED Gold certification.