We are pleased to welcome you to a company with a long and proud architectural history and heritage that has a shared purpose and a global outlook, somewhere that has always believed in the possibilities that spaces that put people at their heart can create.
BIM Technologies was founded in 2011 in response to a growing demand for digital support for building owners and developers.
The team was spun out of SPACE Architects, a national architectural practice established in the North East of England over 60 years ago. The practice had invested in Building Information Modelling for a number of years and identified a need for a specialist digital consultancy across the built environment.
Early clients came from the private sector followed by the public sector after the launch of the UK Government’s BIM mandate in 2011.
Over the past 10 years, our team has grown in numbers and expertise. We have supported many clients to improve project outcomes by reducing risk and increasing predictability. In recent years we have used the data collected to optimise building performance whilst reducing operational cost and improving user experience.
Now you are officially a 'Spacer', we look forward to the part you will play in our journey.
The practice is proud of its heritage and North East roots but today has a global perspective to positively impact society by bringing together design, research and technologies.
At the core of any business is its DNA or shared values, which collectively helps impact society. Over 60 years, SPACE Architects have developed some core principles across all of the work they do:
Setting benefits to people and the planet as the core purpose of the built environment.
Being held accountable for upholding moral and ethical standards.
Using smart technologies to build efficiencies into the built environment's lifecycle, enabling improved performance, reduced costs and carbon, higher quality and long-lasting assets.
Researching and adopting methods that substantially reduce the use of carbon in construction and are focused on the future of our planet.
Valuing nature in equal weight to the built environment to drive decarbonisation.
Taking into account how materials and resources within the built environment can be re-purposed beyond their life span.
Forming strategic partnerships with other industry players/policymakers to develop a built environment that benefits all.
One big cliché.
Many of the aspects which make SPACE Architects what it is are cliché, but that doesn't stop them from being important to us or being real.
A few clichés: our culture is at the heart of what we do and who we are. We are a family. We are a team. We have a shared purpose. Clichés? Yes, but they work for us.
Over the past 60 years, our culture has evolved to respond to the needs of different generations.
In 1957, the practice was made up of baby boomers who did not allow people to eat at their desk and referred to partners by their surname.
Today, Mr Waring and Mr Netts would not have approved of a pool table or café in the office and working from home was unthinkable!
It's important to us that we remain outward-facing and relevant, that we respond to changing times, both as an employer and a service provider. We are here to serve the collective needs of our people and our clients, we listen and respond to an ever-changing world and evolve our culture accordingly.
There are no 'bosses' at SPACE Architects. We all have a role to play in the success of the business. We have a flat structure and are not hierarchical, rather everyone has a different role to play and a range of responsibilities. For example, Rob, our CEO, watches the environment we are working in, sets the vision and helps everyone in the business to achieve it. His role is to make tough decisions, so you can focus on your role. Julie looks after reception and answers the phone. She is the first voice and face of the business setting its tone.
The word staff is banned across the practice. Staff suggests that there is a hierarchical structure with some lower than others being given orders. SPACE is full of people. Every one of those people - including you - is different and has their own story and needs. They all bring something to the team and are working towards our shared purpose. We are looking forward to seeing the difference your contributions to the business will make.
No one at SPACE Architects has a job; we have a vocation.
We are about more than just the monthly paycheque. At SPACE Architects, there are five essential aspects of a fulfilling career. We review these regularly with everyone across the business to ensure we are all growing and developing.
Communication has always been an essential part of our culture. We are open about everything we can be. We share the good news, bad news and talk about fees, budgets and profit. We have a monthly 'Pizza Friday' that delivers an overview of what is happening across the practice. It is an excellent opportunity to give a pat on the back in the 'welcome, well-done and wonderful' section.
Our teams meet weekly and have monthly one-to-ones and development discussions every six months. The entire team has a Monday morning catch up with individual teams meeting afterwards.
We don't have an open-door policy because we don't have individual offices, we share a communal space to suit everyone's needs. Everyone is accessible when they want to be. If you need peace and don't want to be disturbed, there are rooms to use. If you're collaborating you can use the café.
Ensuring everyone is working to our five priorities for a rewarding career is first and foremost; however, small things can make all the difference. These are demonstrations of how much people are valued in the practice. We offer the usual perks and then some, taking care of the little things, so our team can take care of the big things. For example:
We support the children of Cherry Tree View which provides temporary accommodation for the homeless.
We continue to engage our team and invest in employee development. For us, it's not just about formal training (although of course, that has a role to play) but about giving our people the space to think, create, grow, innovate and develop their skills and ideas. This is a practice we actively encourage so our people can continually hone their craft and be the best they can.
Some of the ways we do this:
At the core of SPACE Architects is enjoying what we do and being happy. A big part of this is working with people we like, including our external partners and clients.
We like to work with others in a partnership where our input is valued.
SPACE Architects has been around for 60 years.
It is still a work in progress. We want to enjoy what we do, make a difference and be around for another 60 years. We're delighted to have you onboard to join us on our journey.