Skanska

Sector: Engineering
Location: Doncaster
Scope of Works: Furniture Installation


The Client:
Cementation Skanska is an internationally recognised specialist piling and ground engineering subcontractor. They offer nationwide technical innovation and expertise, covering everything from design and estimating, to completing the work on the ground.


The Brief:
Ben Johnson Ltd were to support Skanska’s project management team as an FF&E consultant during their new-build office project, providing furniture space planning and specification advice.
According to Skanska’s procurement rules, the project had to go out to market for competitive tendering. As one potential supplier, Ben Johnson had to display appropriate experience, knowledge and pricing and assure the client we were the right choice of furniture consultant.


The Challenges:
The most unusual challenge was meeting the delivery/installation criteria as a supplier to a Skanska construction site. All delivery vehicles had to be minimum Bronze FORS Accredited ensuring all accredited wagons and drivers reach a certain safety and environmental standard. All waste from site had to be recycled and a Ben Johnson project manager attended site project meetings during the latter build stages to coordinate installation dates and schedule deliveries.


The Solution:
By arranging several completed project site visits, Skanska were able to hear first-hand how our clients’ projects are managed and services are tailored to meet their needs. By seeing potential solutions in use, hearing user feedback and even testing some in-situ, the client was able to make a shortlist of furniture products to be tested at a later date.
Senator made the supplier short list and arranged a showroom trailer to be delivered to the existing site, demonstrating products and holding staff workshops to involve them in the decision making process. The Senator solution was complemented by general storage supplied by Steelcase, and breakout furniture supplied by Orangebox and Connection. The final WOW factor was delivered with a bespoke reception desk and boardroom table tailored to reflect the Skanska brand.


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