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Workplace interiors - Stormark streamlines with VERCO

A challenging refurbishment to a Georgian building housing offices in Banbury's historic Horse Fair has been completed by local workplace design and refit specialist Streamline Office Services utilising desking, seating and storage from the VERCO furniture range.

Where number 30A Horse Fair is architecturally of the 18th century, its present occupant is resolutely 21st.

Stormark is an independent telephone marketing agency working with multinational and smaller companies, many of which have been on its client base since its inception in 1984.

Verco and Stormark

A founder member of the Direct Marketing (DMA), the 40-staff strong agency handles over a million calls a year and is large enough to cope with major projects whilst retaining the personal service expected of smaller companies.

A proposition strength lies in Stormark's providing both outbound telephone expertise in areas such as lead generation and appointment making, market research, and lead validation as well as inbound services (customer carelines, hotlines, enquiry and information fulfilment services).

An existing client, Stormark turned to Streamline project manager, Leigh Meeks for help when the decision was taken to completely refurbish the building rather then relocate to modern premises.

"This was a major job requiring a ground-up refit including removal and disposal of existing furnishings, electrics, floors, walls, ceilings and all fixtures and fittings internals including furniture," says Leigh.

"With three storeys and no lift, the building was logistically challenging, many alcoves and buttresses provided plenty for Streamline and its contractors to negotiate.

"The restrictions of the layout informed on furniture specification for practical as well as aesthetic reasons," says Leigh.

Streamline and Stormark decided jointly on specifying VERCO furniture throughout the building.

Verco and Stormark

Oblique desking and storage range met the specification visually and benefited from having the adaptability to circumvent installation constraints presented by a listed building.

In the call centre, administration & meeting areas, Oblique desking and storage has been installed in a maple and silver finish. Clear Perspex Screen blades provide each phone room caller with sufficient privacy while third level storage and under-desk wire management trays keep desk-tops clear of clutter.

VERCO's Visual beam desking in walnut finish brings relaxed authority to management offices.

"Oblique has gone down particularly well," says Leigh. "It looks great and has fewer components than other systems, making it easy work with.

"Stormark also liked the way we could landscape its workspace with Oblique"

Verco Apollo seating is specified for all desk use. "It's a good all-round operator chair that's easily adjustable," says Leigh, "and it looks particularly at home at Horse Fair where it picks up Stormark's corporate burgundy colourway in its upholstery fabric."

Verco and Stormark

Streamline carried out the building re-fit in four weeks, working only at weekends to ensure no disruption to the day-to-day operation of the call centres.

Says Stormark md Jil Ellis: "This is the second refurbishment carried out by Streamline for Stormark and they have again done a great job. The VERCO furniture has also been well received by both our staff and visiting clients.

"The refurbishment has given a boost to all of our personnel, absenteeism has decreased and output increased and the feel good factor and pleasant environment has made the investment worthwhile.

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www.stormark.ltd.uk

www.streamlineuk.com

www.verco.co.uk

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Issued by Peter Muir at www.pmpr.info

September 2007

peter@pmpr.co.uk Tel 01296 715228

EDITOR NOTES:

About the furniture:

Oblique workplace furniture is available in wood veneer (maple, walnut or cherry) with a stainless steel frame, and in MFC finish with a simple silver leg frame; both maintain the pure lines of this stylish furniture system. Clean, uncomplicated lines make for a stylish solution with the added benefit of maximising space utilisation within an office environment, with the option of building second and third level screening and storage onto even the most basic desk.

Available with a choice of two back sizes, Apollo task and operator seating offers three levels of adjustability from back-rake to forward tilt and synchronised mechanism in six different design options. Visitor chairs complement the task designs.

Visual desking comes in four-legged, cantilever frame and panel end options in addition to wave and rectangular tops on an adjustable, wire-managed three-piece beam frame. The range also provides for pedestals and low storage units as well as personal and departmental storage and a wide range of meeting tables.

 

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