West Area Heasquarters near Wallingford
Spreading a team of 250 people across 8 locations on one site did not allow the Environment Agency (EA) the flexibility and effective team working they required for their West Area Headquarters in Howbery Park , near Wallingford .
The variety of premises they had occupied since 1993 also lacked the efficiencies in the use of water and energy that EA demanded. So the decision was taken to lease a modern, purpose built facility from HR Wallingford, the owners of Howbery Park, who were redeveloping the site as a business science park.
Proven enviromental credentials
In all, over 200 Kinnarps Series e workstations, task chairs from the 6000 range, DiVide screens and a multitude of local, team and bulk storage systems were supplied. The café area – Red Kite Bite! – includes the Adam chair from Kinnarps Premium Collection, helping to create a stunning environment in which to relax and refresh. Flexible and folding Kite tables complete the conference suites.
Kinnarps environmental credentials were a critical element for the Environment Agency’s choice of furniture supplier. Kinnarps production facilities’ FSC accreditation along with ISO14001 and numerous environmental policies that demonstrate best practice were all instrumental in making Kinnarps the ‘natural choice’.
Brian Hughes, the Environment Agency’s project manager for Red Kite House, says “As you would expect, we make strong demands of suppliers with regard to the environment.
Critical choice of supplier
Of particular importance was the agreement for EA to influence the design of the new building. From the very beginning the HR Wallingford and EA team set out to construct an office that would not only meet EA’s operational needs but serve as an example of best practice in sustainable office development.
The £6M project has resulted in a state-of-the-art building - Red Kite House - that showcases the very best in sustainable thinking with regard to architecture, energy, water and drainage, and suppliers of ancillary goods.
When it came to furniture the Environment Agency turned to Kinnarps to plan and supply all the desking, seating, and storage as well as the cable management systems required for the new building.