Bedford Heights was converted from the former Texas Instruments building into an office complex spread over 200,000 square feet in 1999.
Bedford Heights was converted from the former Texas Instruments building into an office complex spread over 200,000 square feet in 1999. The client approached us with a vision to extend and refurbish the main reception and communal areas to improve access into the building. The project was split into two phases: the cafe and lounge refurbishment, and the extension and refurbishment of the main entrance and reception.
The existing cafe, phase 1, underwent an extensive refurbishment to bring the space back to life in 2015. The existing cafe was looking tired and therefore the client wished to breathe life back into this part of the building complex in order to increase the number of existing tenants who use the cafe for meals during the working day. A new contemporary commercial kitchen was installed along with a new catering company who introduced new menus producing fresh and exciting new recipes for Bedford Heights. reForm worked closely with the client to design a simple palette of materials and new loose furniture that would create a vibrant new cafe feel. As part of this first phase of work the courtyard leading off the new cafe ‘Graze’ was stripped out and re-landscaped so that tenants can enjoy the private enclosed spaces the building has to offer. A run down office space above Graze on level 2 has been converted into a new lounge area where informal meetings and discussions can be held.
Phase 2 of the works comprised of a refurbished glazed box to house a contemporary reception area welcoming visitors on their arrival to Bedford Heights. The existing lowered approach was raised to create a new landscaped courtyard and entrance staircase up to the main reception. A new disabled access ramp was provided at the lower level to improve DDA access into the building where a secondary informal reception connects the new disabled access with the newly refurbished cafe Graze.