With this in mind, British Gypsum specified Thistle Magnetic Plaster, which was applied to several walls to turn them into magnetised surfaces, allowing documents to be temporarily attached and moved as required. Clear lacquer paint was also used to create a wipe-clean surface that can be written on and amended as needed.
Garry Bimpson, Senior Architectural Technologist, explained: “When creating the space, we wanted to develop a workplace that would engage our employees and support them in their day-to-day roles which, by their very nature as designers, are incredibly creative.
“Using Thistle Magnetic Plaster has allowed us to do just that and the office is now geared towards a collaborative and productive way of working. The plaster and lacquer paint on the walls provide large, re-usable surfaces ideal for developing and amending live large-scale technical designs that all our team members can view and add to straight away. Being able to easily map out ideas in such an interactive way during brainstorms means we don’t need to continually feed into computer documents or share print outs, saving the team a lot of time.”
Following the success of the project, Network Rail has now installed Thistle Magnetic Plaster in its Derby and Edinburgh offices, and has further projects planned across its other sites.