British manufacturer, Staverton, will install 2800 CL benches for The Co-operative Group’s new head office in Manchester in just seven weeks’ time.
The win, which was announced earlier this year, is thought to be the largest furniture contract in the UK in 2012.
Staverton’s Rotherham factory is already in full production, ready for installation at the end of July.
The contract was secured after a period of collaborative design with The Co-operative Group and involved a six week turnaround from the initial brief to delivery of a proto-type. The result is the new Staverton CL bench. Concealing power and data resources within its core structure, the Staverton CL bench reduces IT and power installation costs during fit-out and throughout its life.
Tony Cole, design and manufacturing director for Staverton said: “This contract doesn’t simply recognise Staverton CL as a bench, it also acknowledges the way we approach clients’ briefs, really taking the time to understand and meet their specific needs. We were advised this was a real point of difference for us and are delighted with the outcome. The factory is now very busy processing the order.”
Talking about the CL bench, Tony added: “By dealing with cabling and power in a creative manner we’ve designed a clever benching solution which ticks all the boxes for facilities managers, IT departments and most importantly, the employees. The CL bench doesn’t compromise functionality or form.”
Staverton CL will be used with The Co-operative Group’s new 400,000 sq ft, BREEAM outstanding head office building at 1 Angel Square in Manchester.
Craig Lambert, facilities manager for The Co-operative Group said: “Our challenge was to find a bench solution that could offer integrated power and data, protect the design aesthetic in our new head office and create flexible working spaces.”
“Staverton CL achieves this and surpasses everything else on the market. It was borne out of collaborative and clever thinking – Staverton really listened to our brief.”
The winner of a Design Guild Mark and the Design Prima Product Design award, Staverton CL is already receiving industry wide acclaim. For more information about CL view the product animation and client testimonial at www.staverton.co.uk/cl .