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Guildford, Surrey

The Brief

Staff at Philips' UK HQ have successfully transitioned to their new agile working environment, a culmination of many months of research and preparation. Located in Guildford adjacent to the company’s former offices, the new facilities achieve 30% greater density while offering a vastly improved environment for the flexible workforce. Spread over two floors, the offices feature open plan and sit-stand desking, meeting rooms, new dropdown collaborative areas, breakout spaces and focus rooms.

KI’s furniture got the balance right for us - great quality and design, local manufacturing and excellent value for money. The end result speaks for itself, the products selected have a value that extends well beyond basic functionality. They come together to create an overall workspace that communicates a strong message to our team, that their working environment isn’t an afterthought. KI’s customer service has been excellent throughout the process, from delivery and installation to ongoing service and maintenance. Timely and efficient, any issues are quickly resolved. The expertise amongst the team at KI give us confidence that we are working with a reliable partner, not just a furniture supplier.

Yvonne Hanson-Nortey, Philips

Our Solution

KI has helped Philips create the happier, healthier, high performing working environment with its range of UK designed and manufactured furniture products including:

  • UniteSE workstations
  • Work2 Sit-Stand workstations
  • Meet4 tables
  • 800 Series Storage lockers

This was a huge project for Philips as they were relocating from 50,000sq ft, down to about 35,000sq ft without any reduction in staff. This was achieved by working closely with Philips’ Workplace Innovation (WPI) programme. The creation of neighbourhoods meant that working adjacencies could be maintained, together with the addition of focus rooms, breakout spaces, and bookable meeting rooms. This ensured that staff are never too far away from finding a quiet working space if required.

We worked closely with KI when assessing and selecting the new workstations. This was a key part to the project as we were reducing the footprint of the desks from the old 1600mm corner cores, down to 1200mm rectangular desks set within a bench format. KI set up sample desking at Philips’ old office to facilitate detailed assessment by Occupational Health and IT, which passed with flying colours. We also incorporated a number of KI Work2 Sit-Stand desks into each working neighbourhood so as to give staff the flexibility and choice.

Also, as part of the Workplace Innovation programme, staff were no longer to have individual pedestals, but were to have an assigned individual locker. The KI 800 Series lockers were selected due to the robust build quality and the flexibility, including KI’s ability to spray the doors in a variety of carefully selected colours that complement the overall design of the office.

Working with KI was a pleasure, the dedication of the team was fantastic. This was apparent from the initial visit to the showroom, right through to the installation teams and the after care service provided once Philips had moved into their new space.

Stuart Aitken, TDA Interiors

More Information

Date - March 2016
Project Type - Refurbishment
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