Property owners ING, were looking for a long term tenant. NZ owned Home & Leisure, importers of outdoor and interior furniture, had outgrown their warehouse space. Not wanting to have multiple facilities drove the decision to shift their whole operation across the road.
ING were prepared to upgrade both the exterior and interior of the building. We were appointed to provide a concept layout and specification and once lease negotiations were completed, design and detail the project. The refurbishment included totally refitting and extending 2 office floors to suit Home & Leisure's requirements.
CEO, John Bishop, said we were in a design desert and dreaded the process. We wanted to created an innovative design but didn't know how to go about it."
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John Bishop - (Former) CEO
“We didn't know how to approach things but when we were introduced to Malcolm & Sumner they gave us the confidence they could work with us. We were impressed with their track record and their design approach."
“Our previous building was well designed but it was tired and poorly maintained. By solving the warehouse issue, we were also able to provide a larger showroom, better offices and improve our position in the market."
“We are proud of our new premises. We've created something with WOW factor. The showroom is quite something - it's a neat facility - light, airy & flexible and we'll make sure we maintain it properly."
“The offices have lifted staff moral. There is better work flow in the open areas and communication has improved. We've pulled the whole team back together including better access to managers. Everyone in the office now gets a view and natural light."
“Using a designer who can interpret your needs and provide good, practical, workable solutions is important. Diane is a good problem solver and is very open and obliging. Having someone to take care of all the details made it easy."
“Keeping to budget was important to us. M & S performed. They have good associations with furniture suppliers and trades. Having someone organise the installation of the fit-out was very helpful and their recommendations saved us time researching what was out there."
“It was a great team effort. The builders were fantastic. Good communication between all parties made the project a success and the experience a good one. By having everything down in writing meant there were no disagreements at the end."
Home & Leisure