17th November 2015 will be remembered by most as the day that Storm Barney, the second named storm of the season, hit the UK bringing heavy rain, bitter cold and winds of 60-80mph. Fences were flattened, dog walkers were drenched and litter was strewn across the roads.
But the day was significant to the XP team for another reason, for it was the day we took the final step in moving our sports and live entertainment business to its final destination – The Old Fire Station.
Renovated to the highest of standards and painstakingly project managed by our COO and Conference Director Angelina, the Barn really has been a labour of love and it’s all been worth it.
Forming a chain of action, the team worked until dark carrying desks, devices and dogs into the beautifully fresh new office space, complete with cosy wood burning stove creating a home away from home.
Fresh white walls, original feature beams, industrial-style light fittings, coloured LED light-up stair case, stable doors and our favourite feature – a solid glass wall to the front. The result is quite an astonishing building that we can now proudly call Xperiology HQ.
“It feels like we’ve been gearing up for this for such a long time and now it’s finally happened it just feels right. Having somewhere purpose built for the company seems like such a luxury and we are so lucky to work in such a gorgeous building. It’s made me so excited for our future and to see some real achievements next year.”
With our events set to break company records in 2016 and an abundance of exciting new partnerships coming to fruition, there couldn’t have been a better time for an upgrade to not only our physical surroundings but also some impressive new tech upgrades for the team
Speaking to our CEO, Ian, it’s clear how important this building once was to the village of Storrington and how significant it’s going to be to the company’s future,
“The barn was the first fire station in Storrington but, 100 years later, it’s now a place for us to light fires under the sports and entertainment industry.
We’ve completed a dramatic makeover of a Grade II-listed building at an historic site in West Sussex. We’ve managed to retain many of the original features – the cast iron gutters, exposed stone walls, stable doors and even the original hand pump which filled the horse-drawn fire tender, – whilst bringing the building into the 21st century with masses of insulation, underfloor heating, fibre broadband, VOIP telecoms and fast networks.
From the tranquility of the South Downs countryside to the world of sports and entertainment, the little barn will be put to work over the coming years.”
As a tip of the hat to the buidling’s original purpose we researched into the history and have mounted a tribute to the the Old Fire Station, complete with original pump feature and helmet.
When asking the team their thoughts on the new surroundings there is a resounding cry of ‘it’s so warm!’ (our temporary abode was a little draughty to say the least) and Events Co-ordinator Lizzie has become self-appointed fire starter, spending a large part of her days now poking and prodding the stove.
Newest member of the team and Business Development Manager, Callum Legg is the first team member to join since the move,
“The new office looks amazing, I don’t think I have been around so much technology before and I am almost 100% sure the small country village of Storrington wouldn’t have either.”
Our first visitor came in the shape of CFO, Josie, bearing traditional house-warming gifts of home-baked biscuits. She gave the new development the final nod of approval and so we’re going to take that as confirmation of a job well done.
In conclusion, it’s been a tiring week getting settled with surprisingly minimal arguments over what should go where and who’s seat is who’s, but we couldn’t be more thrilled with the result. Why don’t you come and see for yourself? We’d love to show you round and we make a cracking cuppa…