Strictly Education

Merseycare Julie Ann
August 7, 2015
William Hill
May 19, 2015

Summary of services provided:
Re-planning, installation, supply of Milton Keynes office

The Challenge

The office accommodates one hundred people in an open plan layout. The use of the office space had evolved over time, which had resulted in an inefficient use of the office and felt cramped, as well as appearing cluttered and messy. This was largely due to the combination of old and odd furniture which had been accumulated over time. There was a desire to work smarter; with the space redesigned and a fresh, modern new look implemented to facilitate more efficient working for staff.

In addition, it was important that any solution was movable and adaptable, as the business would be moving location in 18 months and would therefore need to be planned into a new environment.

Our Solution

As a large part of the project focused on effective space planning we arranged a visit to our manufacturing partner Senator’s showroom. There we were able to demonstrate a number of modern approaches to flexible desking solutions and ‘Cell Pods’, which provide enclosed meeting and work spaces within an open plan environment. From the numerous configurations available a suitable design was selected.

Working to the brief, we advised on new solutions and adapted the plan accordingly. The final design included:

  • The removal of desk pedestals and the inclusion of end of run lockers. This cost effective approach provides an area for safe storage and a cleaner design
  • A single chair design throughout, providing a uniform look as well as lumber support and adjustable seats to accommodate taller staff members as required
  • The new ‘winter oak’ colour palette for a modern feel

The installation was carried out over two consecutive weekends to minimise disruption to the business, with Strictly Education delighted with the process and end result. We are now looking ahead to a project involving their London office.


“We are very pleased with the re-planning and installation project. The new furniture looks great and all the staff are pleased, particularly after initially being unsure about the removal of pedestals. However with the uniform desks and chairs, and the introduction of a clean desk policy, everyone is motivated by our new environment. The office feels calmer and more efficient now. Also, the installation team did a fantastic job working to tight deadlines, so as not to impact our daily business. I would recommend InteriorsTeam.”

– Heather Barton, Office Manager, Strictly Education

Who is Strictly Education?

Strictly Education are a leading provider of professional services to schools and academies, from payroll and finance to HR and facilities. They operate four locations across the UK with this project focused on the Milton Keynes head office; including office, executive, meeting and kitchen areas.

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