Bates Wells Braithwaite

"I was immediately drawn to the slick, stylish design of the TopBrewer and felt it could be an ideal solution for the environment we were trying to create." Salvatore Paoli, Facilities Manager, BWB

Commercial City law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite install three TopBrewers into collaborative refreshment area and another in client kitchen.

Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) has seen significant growth over the years, both organically and laterally, so when the lease was ending on their office in Cannon Street they needed to find a new space that could accommodate their expanding team.

Megan Watkins, Operations & Projects Manager at Bates Wells Braithwaite comments:

“The brief for the new office was to create an open-plan layout that would foster collaborative working and create a positive working environment for staff.”

Originate Architects were the architects for the new space and Twenty1 Construction were the office fit out specialists who delivered the project.

Fiona Reynolds, Originate Architects adds:
“BWB’s brief for their new office was to create generously planned open plan workspaces for its employees, which was a huge culture change for them. To ease the transition it was important to offer staff quiet zones for private working, alongside impressive breakout spaces to relax comfortably. ”

With over 200 staff and 33 partners, BWB were looking for an office coffee and beverage solution that could cope with high volumes, whilst also complementing the stylish environment of the new space and providing premium quality coffee.

Salvatore Paoli, Facilities Manager at Bates Wells Braithwaite comments:

“We had five tea points in our old building, spread across three floors, but for the new open plan office we wanted to create one single refreshment point that would cater for all staff and encourage communication amongst colleagues.”

After a demonstration at another TopBrewer client site, BWB chose to install three TopBrewers into a minimalistic refreshment setting for staff to use with a further TopBrewer in the client kitchen area. The TopBrewers provide fresh, barista-quality coffee, chilled & sparkling water, and filtered hot water for tea drinkers.

Salvatore, who originally came across the TopBrewer at the Facilities Show, adds:

“I was immediately drawn to the slick, stylish design of the TopBrewer and felt it could be an ideal solution for the environment we were trying to create. We also wanted to offer premium quality coffee and the TopBrewer delivered on all areas.”

Due to the unique under-counter design, the TopBrewer produces minimal noise, making it the ideal solution for an open commercial office environment.  At BWB, all that is visible above the counter are three stylish swan neck taps in a row, each with an accompanying iPad (pre-loaded with the TopBrewer app), which allows users to quickly select and customise their drinks from a comprehensive menu. Alternatively, staff have the option to download the free TopBrewer app onto their own smartphone device and seamlessly connect to a machine via bluetooth.

Megan adds:

“We wanted a wow factor for our staff when they entered the new office on day one and we certainly received it with the TopBrewer. We have many clients and visitors to the new office and it is always one of the highlights when giving tours around the office. We always encourage visitors to customise their drinks using the app and some of the staff have downloaded the app to their phones.”

Simon Bracken, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Scanomat UK comments:

“The TopBrewer is becoming increasingly relevant in our capital cities premium and advanced future workplace environment. It complements & enables modern workplace design principles and provides an unrivalled next generation user experience for staff and visitors. Beyond the obvious disruptive design and tech features we have worked extremely hard to deliver gourmet speciality beverages, responding to the unquestionable trends and demands for that artisan coffee experience in the premium workplace of the future – albeit with a difference.”

He adds:

“At Scanomat we have an ‘innovation not imitation’ strand in our DNA and pride ourselves on being at the cutting edge of connected technology advances, engineering and sustainable premium gourmet coffee; as such we are continually evolving our eco-system so that our clients will constantly benefit from future TopBrewer developments ‘over-the-air’, thus future-proofing their investment for years to come.”



About Bates Wells Braithwaite:

BWB, founded in 1970, is a full service commercial London City law firm, working for a wide range of businesses, social enterprises, charities, institutions, public bodies and high-profile individuals, across a variety of sectors. The breadth and quality of our work is acknowledged by the UK’s two independent directories, Legal 500 and Chambers UK, in 21 areas.

BWB were the first UK law firm to certify as B Corp for ‘doing business in the best way possible for their people, community and the environment’ and are also rated for client service by Chambers UK.  BWB boast a wide and varied client base and are very proud to work with more charities and social enterprises than any other UK law firm.