Sector: Technology
Location: Leeds
Scope of Works: Design, Fit-out, Furniture Supply & Installation

The Client: Smoothwall is a specialist developer and provider of Internet security and web filtering solutions

The Brief: Smoothwall were approaching a lease break and were looking for a workplace consultant to help them review their workplace strategy, to determine if they should stay or move location.

The Solution: Ben Johnson were appointed by Smoothwall to assist in a piece of work to determine if they should remain in their existing premises or move office location. When the decision was made to move to Avalon House, Ben Johnson were selected to fit-out the new premises through a competitive tender process. The budget was tight as Smoothwall were growing and investing in numerous projects simultaneously. Ben Johnson supported the client through the process, making suggestions where savings could be made and even sourcing second hand furniture on their behalf to help them maximise their budget. Due to the nature of their business, Smoothwall required a high proportion of cellular spaces: 7 offices, 4 meeting rooms, 2 demo rooms, IT Build Room, Comms room and a large store room. The scheme also included a centralised kitchen/breakout area for all staff, something greatly lacking in their previous offices where they were over two floors. Having all the teams on one open plan floor plate could have had its noise/privacy challenges, but the building naturally leant itself to creating an accounts zone in the smaller wing, with sales and operations in the larger wing, separated by a semi-transparent polar glazing barrier. The finishing touches included a series of Interior graphics applied to the walls and glazing and a hanging snow flake feature around the waiting area.

Ben Johnson contacted Smoothwall prior to the lease break on our premises on Geldard Road in Leeds. Ben Johnson supported our search by space planning a number of buildings to help us establish the best new location for our requirements. They also provided budget fit out costs for the potential buildings to aid the decision making process. Avalon House was selected as the new location and through a competitive pricing process we appointed Ben Johnson as our contractors for the fit out of the new building. We selected Ben Johnson because we found their overall approach very honest and helpful and they accommodated our needs as a business throughout the entire process. Ben Johnsons team of fixers were professional on site and completed the job on time and within budget – overall Smoothwall are very happy with the new office space and have no hesitation in recommending Ben Johnson.

Nicola Sharp - Chief Financial Officer, Smoothwall
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