Kinnarps national key account director, Peter Vince, worked closely with UK Anti Doping’s interior designer and project manager Alphabet Project Solutions and UK Anti Doping staff representatives, collaborating on a complex space planning brief, which evolved through the course of the project. For example, the original plans allowed for two directors’ offices, but as the proposed intelligence gathering remit, and prosecution powers of the new body expanded, so the directors’ accommodation required increased to six offices and even greater consideration of privacy and security was imperative.

Both floors were themed using a monochrome background with accent pieces in UK Anti Doping’s corporate colour, a bright, citrus orange, evocative of zest and good health.

Two large meeting rooms were created, with a removable dividing wall, to allow either to be configured as a board room, or for the full space to be used for theatre-style, full team meetings. Black, executive seating and white Kite tables were chosen, to accommodate easy reconfiguration for varying meeting styles and convenient storage when not in use. Kinnarps 523 meeting room chairs were also given a special black finished frame to compliment the UK Anti Doping colour scheme.

Workstations incorporated white, laminate finished Series T desks and XD storage, with 6784 chairs upholstered in black. The orange accent colour was incorporated via Z2 desktop screens and matching fabric backs to some of the storage units.

The reception area features a specially designed, curved reception desk and orange Premium Collection soft seating with white coffee tables, while breakout and impromptu meeting areas were given a modern profile with Materia’s innovative Plint stools, upholstered in orange, with white Ava tables.

UK Anti Doping’s project manager, Rob Blyth from Alphabet Project Solutions, was impressed with Kinnarps’s approach to customer service. “We had some very tight deadlines to work to, but Kinnarps made the process painless. I work with contractors all the time and yet I continue to be delighted by Kinnarps’s ‘can do’ attitude.” He explains.

He continues: “Any unexpected snags were dealt with quickly along the way and the helpful attitude is consistent throughout the team. For example, not only are Kinnarps’s fitters incredibly considerate and efficient, but when one of them spotted a gloomy alcove in the UK Anti Doping offices, he took the initiative to fetch and recommend a lamp from the warehouse that was the perfect style and shape to solve the problem.”

Project Facts

Year: 2010 (original contract 2008)
Client: UK Anti Doping
Location: London

Photographs: David Thrower, Redshift Photography