55 Group, Hull

The 55 Group Hull, UK

The 1878 building on Whitefriargate in the centre of Hull contains a remarkable amount of original, in situ decorative details, from stunning ceilings and a glazed dome lantern to rich wood work, stonework and window details.
  • Client

    The 55 Group

  • Services

    ArchitectureInterior Design + Fit-out

  • Sectors

    Office + Workplace

  • Year Completed


  • Region

    Hull, UK

  • Size

    1,476 sqm / 15,887.5 sqft

British Institute of Interior Design Award - Shortlisted for Office & Bar Refurbishment 2022
55 Group, Hull

A flexible, vibrant office space within this remarkable heritage asset. Spread across a basement and five floors, the space had to provide workspace and breakout space for the group’s staff across its various brands, plus a members’ bar, private roof top terrace and three floors of offices that could be let out.


In the ground floor entrance, SGP’s design creates a welcoming waiting area with a glass balustrade that allows clear views into the higher level, open plan offices. A stunning decorative ceiling, picked out in white and dark blue, arcs over a mix of informal and formal workstations, complete with circular juice bar. A cantilevered mezzanine floor, which leaves the original decorative features and columns untouched, is flooded with light from the dome lantern and generous windows across the main office space. Opened out to the adjacent rooms, the whole area becomes a contemporary practical workspace combining formal and informal areas, with kitchenette, accessible from both the ground and first floors.

SGP’s design embraces the Victorian boldness with colour, mixing pure white with deep, rich blues and fresh green highlights.

55 Group, Hull

The wider heritage context was reflected in the flooring of the main office, with a cobble effect carpet echoing the cobbled streets still found in Hull today. In the upper floors, moss effect concrete vinyl tiles bring a softer feel into the space.

55 Group, Hull