As you may have read from one of our previous news articles, we recently bought the Pfister & Vogel building in Leicester, a fantastic architectural landmark within Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. The only thing required before we moved in was a full renovation of the space.
The work involved was as follows (but not limited to!): historic research, copious amount of labour, demolition, painting, new electrics, lighting, plumbing, security, networking, furniture sourcing and did we mention painting?
Through all of the hard work, sweat and tears (mostly from David having to paint) we are pleased to announce that the renovation is complete and we have now moved into the new space! A well known local architect who visited our new office just after it opened stated “this is the best office in Leicester” and we could not agree more.
The final space created harks back to the industrial atmosphere of the original 1920’s style, however with all of the mod cons of a 21st century office. The exposed brick work is highlighted by the vintage lights and Edison bulbs that dance around the brickwork’s imperfections, whilst the reclaimed industrial furniture compliments the exposed steel columns and large open plan space.
It’s a space that we’re all honoured to enjoy everyday and incredibly proud to work in. So of course, and as with all new homes, the space needed a warming party.
Before the main evening began, we were paid a lovely visit by the folks at our local newspaper the Leicester Mercury, who wanted to get to know our history and the process of the renovation. They even took a flattering photo and posted the article online (full article here).
The evening kicked off with the arrival of local businesses, our old office neighbours and the people involved in making our new home possible. This first hour flew by with the attendees admiring the space and interacting with the staff, quizzing them on how the office started out and how strenuous the process was.
This was all highlighted by the projected slide show which presented photos of the renovation from start to finish. It was difficult to watch the slideshow and not feel incredibly proud of how hard the MoJo team had worked not only during the renovation but also over the past eight years.
Soon after the local businesses left, the evening became a shin-dig for friends and family, where the champagne was flowing as much as the conversation. We spent an hour talking about all we had accomplished before Nina, John’s wife, made a very moving speech which really highlighted the journey the company had taken from its creation.
Not long after, the team headed to The Case restaurant for a three course dinner and final celebration to round off the night. It was a fantastic evening all round, full of laughter and tears!
With the project complete, and MoJo settled in their new home, we turn our attention to growing the company and filling this space with more wonderful people. One of our biggest projects is now over, but our most exciting project is just about to begin...