The floor mat says ‘Welcome to The Cube’ but there’s no sign of Philip Schofield.

However The Cube at Loadhog’s headquarters does have a very bright, modern and futurist feel to it – similar to the eye-catching setting of the ITV game show.

Loadhog is a multi-award-winning UK manufacturer of returnable transit packaging for sectors including automotive and manufacturing, retail, glass and beverage and postal.

Home is The Hog Works on Hawke Street, a 120,000 sq ft renovated gun factory which houses all of the firm’s manufacturing, design and development resources, including a suite of injection moulding machines, a state-of-the-art wash plant and an in-house testing facility.

And when it comes to meetings, Loadhog’s dedicated team of designers and test engineers don’t think outside the box – they head inside The Cube.

The Cube was designed by The DL Company as a workspace within a workspace – staff could have a meeting and take time out from the busy, buzzing production area but still be able to see everything that was going on around them.

Established in 1974, The DL Company has three generations of family, dedicated and loyal people behind the Brightside company which bills itself as the go-to for commercial interiors, from office furniture to full redesign and refurbishment.

Here we take a closer look at The Cube and find out more about the creative space, from the designers and from Loadhog.

The designer’s view

DL Managing Director Daniel Lowe said: “The Cube is a team meeting room in which Loadhog wanted to have 360-degree vision.

“This was designed to maintain the idea that, while enclosed in The Cube, staff were still having a meeting within the production area.

“We aimed to find something which was cost-effective, and which allowed full vision from the meeting room, so staff could see and be inspired by everything that was going on around them and that’s what we delivered – a visually striking focal point for the production staff to discuss ideas and developments.”


The company’s view

James Sallows, Project Manager,  said: “When renovating the Hogworks we realised we required a hub for our operations and production planning. This needed to be in amongst the action on the factory floor.  The Cube enables all of our teams to get away from the noise of the injection moulding machines while still staying true to our open plan office design.

“We use the Cube for all our operations and planning meetings along with our project days. 

“As an employee owned business communication is paramount as every employee is an investee and should always be made aware of the direction of the business. It is important to us that there are no closed off office spaces within Loadhog’s headquarters, and no secrets regarding the business, as the business belongs to all.

“The Cube is our operations hub, in the centre of our entire operation, visible to all. You will often find our Production Manager here scheduling in the manufacture of our latest innovations while still keeping an eye on the entire operation.”

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