Gratterpalm

Sector: Media / Advertising
Location: Leeds
Scope of Works: Fit out, Furniture Supply & Installation (See our furniture case study for more information).


The Client
Creative Communications agency Gratterpalm has some of the biggest names in retail on their client list, so it was imperative that their new workplace reflected their capabilities and cutting-edge status.


The Brief
Rapid, organic growth meant Gratterpalm’s existing premises could not accommodate increased staff numbers and had little cohesion in terms of overall design and functionality. High levels of visitors added pressure to an already busy and distracting space. It was important to cater for a range of functions within the design, from team collaboration to focussed work, whilst reinforcing the company’s creative ethos. Streamlining staff interaction and improving efficiency were high on the agenda.

After a successful bid, Ben Johnson Ltd was appointed by the client to manage their office relocation to No1 Leeds.


The Solution
Beginning with a full Workplace Consultation, we worked closely with the project team – which included DTZ’s building surveyors – value engineering the original scheme to meet the client’s target budget.
Overview: The CAT B fit out contract included new partitioning, flooring, breakout/tea point areas, joinery, and alterations to the existing and new M & E services over two floors.
Acoustics: Existing CAT A fit out included perforated ceiling tiles which offered limited acoustic privacy. Improved performance was achieved in various ways:

  • As a minimum, sound attenuation was added to the ventilation system and acoustic quilt installed above all the partitioning.
  • Where further confidentiality was required, rooms were constructed using 200mm sound block partitioning,
  • At the extreme end of acoustic performance requirements (the editing suite) slab to slab partitioning was used.

Zoning: Gratterpalm chose to separate their client-facing reception and meeting rooms from the main working office on the first floor thereby minimising disruptions for the workforce. A central reception desk with circular flooring detail, suspended lighting and feature graphics is the focus of this area. Meeting rooms orientate around the reception, and with the absence of natural light were fully glazed with transparent vinyl pro gloss graphics applied.


The project was a 7 week programme and was completed on time to budget with minor snagging on completion. Ben Johnson Ltd continues to support Gratterpalm with small works as the business grows and develops in the space.


After a successful bid, Ben Johnson Ltd were appointed by Gratterpalm to manage their office relocation to No1 Leeds. Working closely with the project team which included DTZ’s building surveyors, Ben Johnson value engineered the original scheme to meet the client’s target budget.


Further Information
Gratterpalm ranked 29 in the Sunday Times List 2013 – 100 Best Small Companies. To find out more about the list, read our blog.

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