“We wanted to create an office environment which had impact and was a place staff and our members could be proud of" Elaine McFarlane, Director, HR at the CBI

TopBrewer helps tétris design concept come alive at cbi london hq

The CBI moved their London HQ into a new 25,000 sq ft space on the 4th Floor of Cannon Place as part of a transition to embrace open plan working principles. The CBI has over 240,000 members and is the UK’s premier business lobbying organisation. The CBI’s main objective is to help create and sustain conditions in which UK businesses can compete and prosper. Their previous home in Centre Point, where the CBI was based for more than 30 years, was a very different environment with a multi-floor layout.

Tétris UK worked with the CBI to create this modern workspace in a project that was completed in 16 weeks from initial design to completion of fit-out.

Ian Cowell, Head of Design at Tétris UK, comments: “We worked closely with the CBI to develop a workspace that truly reflects the organisation’s distinct personality.”



The new space in Cannon Place has been designed to not only improve communication flow through increased collaborative working and informal social interaction, but to also foster creativity and to create a vibrant yet relaxed and agile look and feel.

Speaking about the new space, Elaine McFarlane, Director, HR at the CBI said: “We wanted to create an office environment which had impact and was a place staff and our members could be proud of. Staff are still excited about the new building and our regional staff are particularly in awe. One of them sent a lovely note saying how much they now felt proud to bring members to the new London office, but more importantly that they now felt much more at home and part of the ‘One CBI’ culture we are creating.”

The space incorporates a new café’ hub and a members lounge where its members are invited to view the premises as ‘their office’; a place where they can catch up with work, simply charge their mobile phone or enjoy a freshly brewed coffee from the newly installed TopBrewer coffee machine. The TopBrewer is the ideal solution for the members lounge as it is the world’s first premium self-service bean-to-cup coffee machine, where users can individually customise their drinks using the TopBrewer app. The minimal swan neck tap design and silent brewer, which uniquely resides under the counter, means that it complements the modern open plan workspace in a subtle way.


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Ian Cowell adds: “The TopBrewer, installed in the new cafe hub and members lounge, really helped to make our design concept come alive and has contributed to the excitement and innovation of the project.  On a practical level, Scanomat UK, provided comprehensive installations guides and support to enable a seamless implementation.”

Commenting on the TopBrewer, Nigel Hopkins, Resources Director at the CBI said: “It is a technologically advanced solution which members love for its functionality and clean lines, as well as making great drinks.”

Simon Bracken, Managing Director of Scanomat UK, said of the new space at Cannon Place; “The CBI have created a great workspace and it definitely evokes a sense of creativity. The TopBrewer works perfectly in the members lounge as it is the ideal solution for a hands off approach to premium coffee that is versatile enough to cater for the needs of everybody’s individual tastes and preferences. It is self-cleaning for a start, meaning that the pipes are flushed between each drink to ensure optimum drink quality. The TopBrewer app is extremely intuitive and easy to use, plus the machine goes from standby to ready in just 45 seconds. We are delighted with the feedback the TopBrewer has received on site and wish the CBI and it’s members many happy years to come in their new home!”