SAP, the global technology company, wanted to move its four London offices into one space in the new Scalpel building. It was looking to create the feel of a community hub to integrate its different teams and selected IE to furnish the new space.
In the highly competitive bid process, we had stood out by creating a curated furniture package aligned to the architect’s aesthetics and the client’s budget targets.
From the start of the project, we worked very closely with architects TTSP who had created a stunning activity-based workplace with a community feel. The space was designed to bring people together and provide more choice and control in how they want to work. On one floor they had also included an area to meet, inspire and engage with customers in a more flexible environment.
We used our extensive network of furniture suppliers to scour the market and suggest cost-effective alternatives to help align budgets without compromising on the design. As this project was completed during lockdown, we also hosted virtual tours from different showrooms to aid clients that were not able to attend, in making their final decisions.
During the implementation phase we coordinated closely with other members of the project team to ensure the technical setup supported a seamless client end-user experience.
Effective communication with suppliers also ensured that any delays due to Covid had been anticipated. Orders were placed earlier and deliveries to site staged through our operations centre just outside of London.
The furniture installation took place over two weeks in February 2021 in the middle of lockdown while working under strict Covid-19 protocols. Our care and attention to get the all the details right first-time resulted in a smooth handover with minor snagging.
"IE was very responsive to our needs and became an essential partner in the project team. They were effective in helping to simplify the furniture selection process and align our budgets with the design aims under very tight timescales. They worked very well with the rest of the team to ensure a smooth delivery of the project during the middle of both Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Sarah Woodman, Head of Global Real Estate & Facilities UK, SAP UK
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