Office design and fit out case study
Project: Office design – Brandon Court, Coventry
Size: 12,000 sq ft
Due to YAZAKI’s rapid expansion and increased volumes of business, KWB was instructed to find new offices on the east side of Coventry, and project manage the office design, fit out and move management. However, it soon became very apparent that there was a severe shortage of existing good quality office space in this part of the Midlands. After much consideration, and thinking laterally, we negotiated with the landlord the refurbishment of their existing 8,000 sq ft offices, as well as the construction of 4,000 sq ft of new build office space.
While KWB’s office acquisition team negotiated the occupational lease and the agreement to lease, KWB Workplace project managed the office design, space planning, procurement of furniture and fit out, and complete move management. Working hand-in-hand, KWB’s approach optimised the use of the office space, saving their client executive time and generating substantial savings on their occupational costs.
Fit out and move management
What made this office relocation different and testing, was the logistics of moving YAZAKI into temporary office space – or ‘swing space’ – in an adjacent vacant office building, whilst extension and fit out work was being carried out. Once structural work had been completed, fit out works could begin, including the installation of new desks, lighting, furniture and carpets. Following quality checks of fit out works, the Yazaki workforce was then moved from their temporary offices back into, an extended and refitted, Brandon Court.
YAZAKI General Manager, Paul Spencer, commented, “The extension to our offices in Coventry has been essential as our business has expanded rapidly with increased volumes of business with key customers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Honda, Aston Martin, Lagonda and McLaren. To service our clients and contracts, we have taken on a number of new, highly skilled staff and our ideal location for these employees and the operation has always been the east side of Coventry. We are delighted to have found a solution to our expansion needs and limit the upheaval of an office relocation away from Brandon Court, which has been our home in the Midlands for many years.”