Kelda Water Services
Kelda Water Services
Kelda Water Services (KWS) is a leading water and waste water contract operations company, delivering large scale and long-term infrastructure solutions throughout the United Kingdom.
Kelda Water appointed Ben Johnson to supply the furniture for their new office space at Capitol Park, Barnsley. When developing the furniture scheme, our workplace consultant audited Kelda Water’s existing office premises and found the teams were very project based, and needed layout facilities near their desks for drawings and documents together with a way of storing live project files near the workstation.
Through a series of user workshops, it was determined that Kelda would get better value from providing each user with a storage return and a range of work tools instead of the traditional pedestal. The audit also found that the existing premises had a lack of meeting room provision, so the design increased the number of meeting rooms and incorporated a range of breakout spaces through flexible meeting tables next to the desks and storage islands that doubled as layout/meeting spaces.
The canteen area was also designed so that it could be used for breaks and project meetings, and instead of a formal reception area, comfortable waiting areas were created which could also be used for informal meetings with colleagues and suppliers. The WOW factor was the ‘Help the Heroes’ Partitioning Manifestation, our design team had lots of fun drawing Helicopters, Submarines, Tanks….
The transition from our existing office to a new unit created a perfect opportunity to refresh and re-launch at a key time for the business. With these objectives, and the remit of ensuring business operations continued as normal we chose Ben Johnson Interiors as our fit-out partner. The fact that the new office design and fit out was one of the least stressful parts of the project is testament to their professionalism and skill. Very few issues arose regarding the design or fit out, and what was encountered were positive ideas to enhance what we were already working towards. Through striving to meet all deadlines, and the flexibility to adapt to changes in circumstance, they were a pleasure to work with. We are now left with an office space to be very proud of, and reflects on our company in a positive light.