As principal contractor on this £0.5m project, Premier’s team collaborated with Tesco and their architects LOM to help interpret and deliver the brief. Working together we planned how space could be maximised whilst creating an inspiring and flexible workplace that would meet design standards and realise the client’s vision.
During the planning process, we needed to allow for the reduction of 200 fixed desks to a lesser number of flexible positions in order to form a more agile working environment as well as creating break out space, interactive meeting rooms and touch down areas.
In addition to complete refurbishment and project management of works to be carried out in a live working environment, the project included managing the relocation of staff and IT equipment.
The project also had a requirement to maximise reuse of the existing building resources and furniture in order to deliver the new working environment as cost effectively as possible.
The area was defined into three zones for the period of the project. At any given time, one zone would be fully operational for the staff working there, one zone would be under refurbishment and the other zone would be allocated for deliveries and materials. In this way, the programme was to be delivered in three phases, working through these zones over a six week programme allowing two weeks per phase.
All the moves were completed over weekends to limit downtime and reduce the impact on the operational staff.
Tesco was delighted with the final outcome of the project and the very high standard of finish that was achieved whilst reusing as much of the original interior fabric as possible, keeping cost and environmental impact to a minimum. Throughout the project, the team involved won Tesco Values Awards through the company’s internal awards scheme.
The reuse of office partitioning and carpet, and the remanufacturing of office desks and other furniture saved in excess of £100,000. The reuse of office furniture also reduced carbon equivalent emissions by approximately five tonnes. These are just some of the savings delivered through Premier’s integrated and sustainable approach.
Feedback from the project overseers and the staff returning to their new working area was very positive.
“Tesco is on a journey to create a smarter workplace, allowing colleagues to work together collaboratively and in a range of work settings. Working in partnership with Premier Workplace Services, we delivered the pilot scheme in 5 Falcon Way with Premier being responsible for all aspects of delivery. This integrated approach works really well with accountability in the hands of one team who work closely together. The result was a project delivered on time and budget, and which significantly changed the workplace, with the learning from this pilot being taken into the final designs which will now be rolled out fully across the Welwyn Garden City Campus over the next 9 months.”
Head of Facilities, Tesco
- Relocation of office
- Development of a new shape of worktop for the work benches
- Introduction of an under-desk monitoring system
- ‘Quiet Areas’ throughout the office using specialist furniture to reduce noise
- New flooring
- Meeting Rooms were created
- Complete Refresh of the Kitchen Area
- Recycling Zones created across the office space
- Decoration of walls and new lighting
- Relocation of IT and Communications equipment with minimal disruption to workflow