Caterfood were operating out of a building that they had outgrown and the were struggling to function effectively in, and to reach their business goals.
The new building offered a lot more space and provided the potential for the company to expand and develop. However, the layout did not function at all in it’s existing state.
Not only did it not comply with current building regulations for the work place, but the layout of the space itself was not inline with how they needed to work. There were lots of dark areas and lots of unused space – certainly not ideal for a productive work place!
I really enjoyed the process of understanding how the company functioned and then devising a solution to make the new space work for them.
Alongside the function of the space, the design brief was to develop a new concept and brand for the company. I took this though into the interior design in the specification of the colours and finishes and many of the interior design elements – a real commitment to their brand vision.
The results? A well functioning and modern working environment.
“Dawn Chilcott was invited to work with Caterfood to help our company expand and to visualize our new corporate image with a view to the company to go forward with expansion into a completely new premises.
Dawn made detailed investigations into the operational side of the business to develop an understanding of how the company worked as a team in order to build an accurate understanding of how we functioned on a day-to-day basis. This enabled her to develop a design layout which worked for the demands of our company’s constant growth and our expansion prospects and additionally for us to work in better harmony.
The new building was a large out of date warehouse structure, which needed extensive refurbishment and required many practical building problems solved. Dawn managed many of these issues working with an excellent team of builders and outside contractors overcoming these problems and constantly informing us as problems arose. The completed newly designed building formed a significantly bigger property for the company to occupy allowing us to drive forward as a business more efficiently and it reflected our new image with confidence.
Dawn and her team refurbished this challenging space, providing a modern and fresh look for our company in a positive and flexible manner. I would recommend Dawn Chilcott Interiors as a design company and as a team to project manage a building refurbishment.Buck Taylor
Dawn’s refelections on the project:
“Caterfood was a challenging project for many reasons. The new building had not been refurbished or maintained for years so there was a lot of remedial work both structurally and internally. We had many issues to deal with drainage which took a large chunk of time and budget. My brief was to make the space work for the company functionally and to create a stunning new image and brand for the company all within a time scale and budget.
Maple House is a large building, so keeping work offices in areas where there was natural light was a difficult task to achieve. My first plan to design this space was to gain a real understanding how the company works and how working spaces related to each on a working day to day basis.
For Caterfood to function and for the work to flow it was imperative that offices spaces worked together and related to each other in a way that enabled the work to continue efficiently and seamlessly.
I devised a flow chart to build this network. In order to achieve spaces which had natural light a certain amount of waste may have been wasted on the inside areas. But we put in wide corridors and created internal spaces for storage, toilets and rooms were people did not work long hours. This worked very well and the wide corridors give the office space a feeling of opulence and freedom.
The efficiency of the staff work since refurbishment has been positive. The general look of the design was anew clean and professional image which has undoubtedly helped the company promote its image and gain control over competitors in this market.”