Henry Boot has completed the relocation of its head office to the Isaacs Building, part of the Heart Of The City development scheme in Sheffield city centre.


The group has taken 12,800 sq ft of space across the top three floors of the Isaacs Building, providing its team and partners with a more contemporary, sustainable and flexible workspace. Over 90 people from across its group of businesses will be based at Isaacs, who can now take advantage of a broad range of spaces to compliment multiple working styles and to better support the health and wellbeing of its people.    


The new office move aims to support Henry Boot’s ambitious growth plans by encouraging greater collaboration and cohesiveness across its diverse network of teams and businesses, as well as attracting new talent and supporting retention.


Colleagues based in the Isaacs Building will benefit from the building’s wellbeing-focused approach, with collaboration zones, breakfast bars, cycle storage, changing facilities, shower rooms and surrounding complementary retail and leisure facilities in the city centre.


The move will also play a significant role in the company’s aim to reduce its carbon footprint and support its goal of being net zero carbon by 2030, with an expected carbon emission reduction of 79% compared to the former HQ at Banner Cross Hall. Since 2019, Henry Boot has reduced both its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 12% and reduced its gas and electricity usage by 37% and 9% respectively. An ambition to accelerate reductions in energy use and emissions was a material factor behind the move.


The seven-storey Isaacs Building has been developed with sustainability at its core, achieving a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating. To further enhance the building’s energy efficiency, it has been connected to Sheffield’s District Energy Network, providing low-cost, sustainable energy.


It sits within Sheffield’s Heart of the City development, which will create 1.5 million sq. ft of new individually designed and repurposed buildings surrounded by enlivened streets and public spaces, including a new urban park for the city, as well as enhanced transport connectivity.


The new city centre location also takes the firm back to its roots, bringing it closer to its original headquarters on Moore Street. The Isaacs Building, situated on Charles Street, around half a mile from Moore Street, was built between 1904-05 by paperhanging merchant David Isaacs and has recently been refurbished and extended to provide over 38,375 sq ft of high-quality workspace.


Alongside the office move, Henry Boot will also be working more closely with partners on initiatives designed to boost education and development opportunities for the wider community. Supporting the aspirations of the city comes as part of the firm’s commitment to helping tackle socio-economic issues and challenges faced by some in Sheffield.

“As a business with over 137 years of history, we understand the importance of the need to adapt and evolve in order to progress and succeed. Our relocation epitomises this forward-thinking approach, marking a major investment in our people and reaffirming our commitment to minimising the environmental impact of our operations. We’re excited to have a new home that will help us to work towards our goals to achieve net zero by 2030, and empower our people to be happier, healthier and more successful in their work.” Design studio, Incognito developed a detailed concept design brief for the building after conducting an in-depth workplace consultancy process, including stakeholder engagement, tours and additional design workshops. The office fit-out was subsequently completed by ADT Workplace, who also supported the design process with project tours and additional design workshops to inform the fit-out stage.

Tim Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, Henry Boot

“From the outset we were fully engaged with Henry Boot, which significantly helped shape and develop this game-changing workspace. We are incredibly proud of the new HQ and its ability to connect colleagues and clients through a variety of work and social settings.”

Howard Powsney, Director at Incognito

“We were delighted to partner with Henry Boot to help create its new workplace in the Isaacs Building and have loved working with the team to bring the design to life over recent weeks. We’re excited to see what the future holds as the team settles into their new home.”

George Tilbury, project director at ADT