Slick new Glasgow HQ for whisky maker Chivas features coffee bar and 'wonder wall'

The wraps have come off the new-look Glasgow headquarters of Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky giant behind The Glenlivet.

A notable design feature in the new-look Chivas Brothers Glasgow HQ is the bespoke wonder wall which celebrates the core brands and acts as a backdrop for the lounge. Picture: Renzo Mazzolini Photography
A notable design feature in the new-look Chivas Brothers Glasgow HQ is the bespoke wonder wall which celebrates the core brands and acts as a backdrop for the lounge. Picture: Renzo Mazzolini Photography

International design studio Graven has designed the offices on Blythswood Square in the centre of the city.

Chivas Brothers, part of French spirits major Pernod Ricard, has relocated its Scottish HQ from its historic base in Paisley.

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The design brief demanded a “complete reimagining of the work environment”. Graven’s approach puts Chivas Brothers at its heart and is said to embody Pernod Ricard’s vision statement, “Createurs de Convivialite” (creators of conviviality).

Juliette Legros, project lead and business analysis manager at Pernod Ricard, said: “The Chivas Brothers Glasgow office move in September 2019 was an important part of a broader company-wide transformational journey.

“We had big ambitions for uniting our people, improving the interconnectivity of our teams, moving to more agile, flexible ways of working, as well as improving the wellbeing of our people – achieving the BCO award is testament to the project teams’ success in achieving that ambition.”

Kirsty Lang, director at Graven, added: “It’s been a pleasure for Graven to work with the Chivas Brothers team. We’re especially pleased that international groups such as Pernod Ricard are selecting Glasgow city centre as their new home.

“We’re equally happy that our flexible design and technology can support new ways of working emerging since, and during the pandemic, and recognise that excellent quality and fully experiential offices are more relevant than ever.”

A key design feature is the bespoke “wonder wall” which celebrates the Chivas core brands and acts as a backdrop for the lounge. The wall incorporates products and images illustrating “carefully curated interactions of people, brands and experiences”.

Social spaces include the design and building of a “convivial lounge”, coffee bar, “technologically enabled meeting rooms”, and a “super-flexible” kitchen.

There is a fully equipped bar where the team and its business partners can train and develop their skills and knowledge.

Graven’s previous success in creating workplaces includes working with major organisations such as Royal Bank of Scotland and BBC Scotland.

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