Ben Johnson were appointed to deliver 700 workstations for Covéa Insurance’s new office in Halifax. Our project team also delivered their vision for the building within the desired budget. As a renovated mill, the building had some interesting curves and areas that needed to be utilised by furniture whilst also giving the feeling of space and free movement. With over 700 employees, the breakout area furniture on each floor needed to accommodate a large amount of people and satisfy their needs quickly so that others could then use the space.
Pilot samples were installed at the client’s existing premises for user feedback. We also invited the client to visit various manufacturer showrooms to help them visualise their requirements. Ben Johnson Interiors developed several bespoke meeting tables to maximise the space in the tower sections of A & B Mill. Solutions included a large squarial table and a “statement” veneer barrelled table for the boardroom. The Covéa Insurance design scheme included a variety of meeting rooms. From a flexible training facility with a bi-folding wall, to a range of general meeting rooms seating 4-12 people. Ben Johnson Interiors found practical solutions for each room that matched the open plan bench workstations. Covéa Insurance picked the Strata Oak finish from Senator, a unique MFC which brought out the warm detailing in the exposed brickwork.
Our ideal was to use a local supplier who could support us during the project and also provide support once the project was complete. The Ben Johnson team helped us from the outset to define the furniture specification through providing samples and arranging showroom visits.
They were reactive to our ever changing needs as we aimed to make the most practical use of space possible, balanced with the overarching look and feel of the new office renovation.