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HS2 Case Study Flexiform

Following the highly successful project to supply HS2 Limited with furniture for their 1 Canada Square offices, Flexiform were selected via a competitive tender process to supply the furniture for the new HS2 Snow Hill offices in Birmingham.

Working closely with the same client project team that we worked with at Canada Square (and with Mace on the design and project management), Flexiform delivered a full interior furniture package for over 1000 staff located in Birmingham.

Using reflective learning from the earlier project, a slightly revised furniture specification was created which the slightly differing needs of the Snow Hill space whilst mirroring the look and feel of the Canary Wharf offices. This ensured that the corporate branding of the space was maintained whilst maximising the efficiency and effectiveness of the new building.

As there are fewer enclosed meeting spaces (and as analysis of the Canada Square offices revealed an increased need for small collaboration spaces) Flexiform has provided a number of meeting and breakout “pods”. These are IT equipped spaces and can be used for 121 meetings, quiet work space, small meetings and presentations as well as being ideal for ad hoc discussions of any type.

The formal meeting rooms are highly flexible with mobile and folding tables allowing these rooms to be utilised in a number of ways reflecting the agile nature of the open plan workplaces. The use of USB charge points on all workstations is designed to accommodate mobile technology much more effectively, another driver to provide agile, flexible working.

Personal lockers remove the need for pedestals at the workstation whilst ensuring that all staff have a safe, private storage space. This again helps to reinforce the flexibility in the office but also saves money on the overall scheme. Combination locks also eliminate issues with key management.

The project was installed over 4 phases with all deliveries taking place at the weekend and installation being completed during the week.