Why Kinnarps was chosen
WWF UK chose Kinnarps to be the furniture supplier for its new home, The Living Planet Centre in Woking. Kinnarps was chosen for its ability to deliver a comprehensive furnishing solution that would meet WWF’s exacting environmental standards and help the organisation transition to resource-efficient agile working.
Karen Gravestock, WWF’s Director of People and Place, who was responsible for the smooth migration of staff from the organisation’s out-dated old premises, to its new, BREEAM Outstanding accredited building, comments:
‘We used to be a long way from demonstrating efficient use of space and resources, with a 1:1 desk ratio that often left workspaces unoccupied and a constant scramble for limited meetings space. We have worked with our architects Hopkins Associates, space planners Alexi Marmot Associates and Kinnarps, to create an open and flexible working environment, which provides our people with places to concentrate, to collaborate and to contemplate.
‘The benefits of these changes were evident from the moment we moved into the Living Planet Centre. It was wonderful to find that because the concepts of agile working - such as hot desking and choosing a workspace to suit the nature of the day's tasks - had been communicated so effectively, within an hour of entering the Living Planet Centre our people were already settled in appropriate areas and had started actually working.'
Karen has also been pleased with the working relationship with Kinnarps, commenting:
‘The Kinnarps team has been great - very personable, always helpful and happy to spend many hours with us making sure that the furniture we chose contributed not just to the aesthetics and sustainable values of the building, but helped to manage our workflow and acoustics effectively. We spent a lot of time at Kinnarps’s showroom in London, which was a great source of inspiration and allowed us to see agile working ideas in action. The Kinnarps team could not have been any better in terms of customer service and they have been marvellously flexible in coming up with creative solutions to our challenges.’