“Activity-based” work environment concept implemented at new Munich site
In early June, not quite 19 months after the foundation stone had been laid, BMW Group was able to move into its new building complex in Munich’s Freimann disctict – right on schedule. More than 3,000 employees now work in the new 73,000 square metre office building at the Lilienthalallee address and the nearby 33,000 square metre multifunctional building. combine Consulting has been providing consulting services to BMW Group since project launch in 2012, from the early site development stage through to representing the users in the strategic, planning and implementation phases.
The new building complex implements a state-of-the-art, activity-based work environment concept offering users flexible working conditions which allow them to choose their surroundings according to their individual needs and working habits. The new sites endeavours to create room for innovation. This is accomplished by providing plenty of communication and interaction opportunities for the employees. They can freely choose where they want to work, for example by desk sharing, or at the company cafeteria, which offers more than 1000 seats, or in any of the communication zones found on every office floor. While designed to accommodate more than 3,000 employees, the building has only 2,240 "true" workspaces. This means that nobody has a desk of her or his own but sits down to work wherever a desk space is free. There are lockers for personal items on every floor, and retreat spaces as well as small 'islands' for collaboration.
combine Consulting provided supporting consultancy services to BMW Group since the project was launched in 2012, beginning with site development and selection. Furthermore, the scope of the project development consultancy services included:
• development of a long-term site concept,
• requirements analyses as well as
• potential and benefits analyses,
• preparation of high-level schedules and cost estimates,
• development of a business case model,
• discovery of potential synergies, and development of process visions.
In addition, combine consulting rendered strategic and tactical consultation services to support project general management in structuring and organising the project, and handled user coordination, preparation of decision proposals incorporating input from all committees, as well as process monitoring and quality assurance planning.
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