Chelsea Barracks, Phase 4 site accommodation

Multiplex engaged TCi furniture WORKS to provide a site office for this flagship development with a sustainability solution

Appointed to deliver phase 4 of the project boldly dubbed “The most coveted 12.8 acres in the world,” main contractor Multiplex needed to accommodate 500 site workers and 128 office staff.

At a glance:

500 locker spaces • 150 canteen seats • 123 office workstations • 100 meeting room capacity • 50 bay modular building • 8 meeting rooms • 3 floors

The challenge was to create a fully designed, delivered and installed package with a focus on sustainability and well-being in the workplace, within the typical cost limitations of temporary site setup.

The TCi space planning team worked closely with the client to agree a combination of height-adjustable and cardboard ECO360® desks, making best use of space, whilst providing access and gangways that meet legislative guidelines. Desk-end cabinets provide ample storage and extra workspace.

Sustainability is a major priority for Multiplex, with a vast number of initiatives taking place throughout the company and across every site. This is no less apparent at Chelsea Barracks and the use of ECO360® fully recyclable, cardboard desks is a great example of the environmental commitment being made. When the temporary accommodation is decommissioned in a few years’ time, the desks can easily be returned to the cardboard recycling process, whereas traditional desks would more likely end up in landfill.

8 meeting rooms were furnished with ergonomic, mesh-backed chairs with space for up to 100 people. Further breakout tables were incorporated for collaborative working.

Each floor features a bespoke reception unit and soft seating with the project branding applied to the ground floor main reception.

A 150 seat canteen area on the ground floor features heavy duty “prison-grade” 4-seat units with a ‘pigeon hole’ rack system for storing bags to make best use of space. On the other side of the building, mesh lockers and a wooden bench system provides changing facilities for 500 operatives.

Under significant time pressure, the installation had to take place whilst the building contractor’s tradesmen were still working on site. This required a dynamic and flexible approach to managing the operation, assessing areas where flooring and electrics would be complete first to avoid over handling the furniture. Remarkably, the install only ran one day over as a result which was covered by the team working on a Saturday which meant the completed facility was ready for occupation on the Monday.

Phoebe Slack, Multiplex Client Relationship Manager, said; “TCi were fantastic to work with throughout the procurement, delivery and installation of our office furniture. It was a seamless experience, James was particularly helpful with sourcing the suitable products within our budget. We have received very positive feedback from our team praising the layout of the office and the quality of the furniture. I would highly recommend TCi and would certainly use them again”.

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