Last week saw the completion of a prestigious fit-out and furniture installation for Northumbrian Water at Spectrum Business Park, Seaham.
Ultimate first engaged with Northumbrian Water and their project team in early 2016. We worked with This Is Interiors to propose a scheme for their offices that would house not only members of NWL staff but also their framework partners, Interserve, MMB Mott MacDonald Bentley and ESH.
Each company within the framework had specific requirements and we needed to make sure the overall scheme promoted collaborative working from all the users whilst keeping a cohesive design scheme that worked for everyone.
The space needed to accommodate 250 members of staff over two floors; however it was a requirement for the office space to be flexible and fluid to allow for expansion. We proposed an open-plan office layout, creating various zones to allow for both collaboration and privacy to work alongside each other.
Jonny Belmont, Asset Delivery Programme Manager, told us, “Following a recommendation from one of our Framework partners, we engaged with Ultimate to bring to life the vision for our new co-located office which was the key element of our new framework operating model. The professionalism of the Ultimate design team and their open and flexible approach to this project was vital to its success, ensuring that we created a collaborative workspace for our own and our partners’ employees. Ultimate not only met our brief but exceeded it with their creativity and willingness to go the extra mile. The project ran smoothly and efficiently and resulted in a workplace that we are excited to welcome our staff into and benefit from for years to come.”
“Ultimate not only met our brief but exceeded it with their creativity and willingness to go the extra mile. The project ran smoothly and efficiently and resulted in a workplace that we are excited to welcome our staff into and benefit from for years to come.”
We incorporated flexible and folding walls into the design to create a space that could grow with the company, along with new power and data, air conditioning and ventilation installations and a brand new communications room. Outside we installed electric car chargers and a bicycle shed.
Northumbrian Water’s employees now have the ability to work within various meeting spaces, reference areas, touch down zones and quiet pods that have been created using both glass partitions and a variety of soft seating.
The installation consisted of a variety of furniture solutions, from desking, task chairs, screens and monitor arms with laptop holders to soft seating, private booths and lockers. We created bespoke furniture to sit alongside our trusted manufacturers such as Boss Design, Mobili Office, Nomique, Creatif and Bisley.
The large canteen area serves as both a breakout area for staff, but also a place where informal meetings are encouraged. The acoustic rafts add to the aesthetics of the canteen area, but also minimise the noise pollution to ensure it is a comfortable space for all.
The project officially started on site in May 2017 and completed mid-July 2017, on time and within budget. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help transform your office.
Posted July 26, 2017