The partnership between Fantoni and the giant Siemens has strong, deep roots; the Group from Friuli region having already provided furnishings for various seats of the company on a number of occasions. For Fantoni, the Siemens project for the seat of Frimley in Britain, certainly represents one of the most important operations in recent years; not only in terms of amounts gained but also for the kind of commitment required.
A provision involving great numbers: furnishings for 3 million pounds, 3,900 sq m of glazed partition walls, 68 40’ containers which delivered in 48 days the furnishings for 1,500 workplaces engaging up to 50 people at a time and 7 weeks of uninterrupted work for the assembling of furniture – an incredibly short time for the realization of a project of such vast proportions.
The partnership with Fantoni was strongly desired by Siemens’ management, which has been satisfied by the supplies and services of the last 6 or 7 years and which expressly asked the design studio BDG Workfutures to use the firm’s collections: they had in fact already used them for other projects in London. Colin Cassé, Head of Projects of Siemens Real Estate, declared that “this project represents the apex of so many years of partnership. Fantoni’s furnishings allowed a flexible use of space with different working solutions. It’s a design which goes beyond time and the result is a perfectly agreeable art work, a beautiful space to work in”.
Through excellent teamwork by Fantoni UK, Siemens Real Estate and BDG Workfutures a prestigious seat has been realized made up by 4 buildings immersed in a pleasant landscape: windows that progressively filter the light, automatic lighting as you pass by, coffee stations on every floor to encourage socializing, and two colourful areas where technological equipment is concentrated.
The collections used – Mèta, 3.3, XL and the glass partition Acustica - are to be found in the working areas as well as in the meeting rooms. All is planned wisely for such a prestigious environment, is highly technological and studied down to the last detail and with great attention paid to the well-being of the user.
The prestigious final result together with the solid cooperation in terms of customer care has led the Siemens top management to plan the realization of all other seats using the same concept; and a new seat in Manchester is in fact already being planned at this moment.
Lydia Randall, managing director of the London design studio BDG Workfutures, who has directed the project for SRE confirmed the presence of a highly motivated team in both the approach to the project and in its improvement: “I am extremely satisfied with the resulting “design language” and with the feedback from the final users, Siemens’ staff, which confirms the achievement of a broad spectrum of new working environments”.
Year of realization: 2007
Design: BDG Workfutures, Lydia Randall
Total project value: £ 12 million
Total furnishings value: £ 3 million
Furnishing supply and installation: Fantoni Solutions, UK