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Carman's Kitchen - A clients journey

‘I would have never found this one. I am eternally grateful to Luke and Gavin.’ – Carolyn Cresswell, Founder Carman’s Kitchen.

When Carman’s had outgrown its previous space, Carolyn embarked on a journey to find a new HQ. With a complex brief in hand, Carolyn was looking for somewhere with plenty of room plus car parking for her team and ideally close to public transport.

‘I got an email from Luke that said, “This is it!” The property was bigger than what we were looking for, but the price was right,’ says Carolyn. 

Once the property reached settlement, Carolyn got to work bringing her vision to life at the ex-chocolate factory.

‘I had a vision of a fantastic head office with a homely feel. I didn’t want it to feel corporate,’ says Carolyn.

Carolyn recalls the space was ‘like Mad Men before we started’ with wood paneling and frosted glass in small rooms. The space has now been completely transformed featuring vast open plan spaces with an abundance of glass, exposed ceiling beams and polished concrete floors, accented with lush greenery. Each room is named after places the Carman’s products are exported to.

A delightful café open to the public operates on the ground floor, selling a range of Carman’s treats as well as serving up delicious coffee to nearby workers. A huge warehouse also occupies the ground floor as well as a quality control room and commercial kitchen. With a focus on a holistic working environment, the team meets for lunch every day, served up healthy meals made on site by the in house chef.

The first floor houses meeting rooms equipped with smart screens and conference phones, hot desks that are rented to external businesses plus a massage room for staff.

The facility also boasts a laboratory for the product development team, a learning hub and a conservatory overlooking beautiful gardens, perfect for Friday afternoon team drinks. A staff recreation room boasts a yoga studio and a fully equipped gym. The spaces are all available to hire.

The team operates in a bright, open plan space on the second floor – a place that is buzzing with energy. The team also have access to a glam room where they can do their hair and makeup and a staff car wash. 

‘I still had so much extra space which is when we decided to add the extra things in, like the gym, yoga studio and massage room. I could never have anticipated what it would become,’ says Carolyn.